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Primitive Mysteries (1931): Yuriko

1964

Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance

Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance

Photograph of Yuriko during the 1964 revival of Primitive Mysteries (1931).

“The blossoms of the cereus were a delicate white filled with the mystery of life and the fact that they only lived at night. Fragrant and flamboyant, not understandable. This made upon me a direct and terrific mark. I said that sometime I would have a dress, a costume for the stage modeled on the inspiration of those nights and that flower. And I did. The dress was that of the Virgin, in white, in Primitive Mysteries, my 1931 ballet. It was a kind of organza which had an energy, a life, and an envelopment as if it were a cloud” – Martha Graham, “Blood Memory”

Premiere of Primitive Mysteries: February 2, 1931 – The Craig Theatre, New York City
Choreography by Martha Graham
Costumes by Martha Graham
Music by Louis Horst

Photograph by Martha Swope

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