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Jennifer DePalo-Peterson in "Prelude to Action" from Chronicle (1936)

Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance

Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance
New York, NY , United States

Photograph of Jennifer DePalo-Peterson (in white) as the lead in Martha Graham's "Prelude to Action" from Chronicle (1936).

"In this pinnacle, climactic point of Martha Graham's "Prelude to Action" from Chronicle, we are stirred viscerally and levitated by an enormous vibrance of triumph and hope. I am atop the Isamu Naguchi abstract "drum" set piece. I feel as though I am the conductor overseeing our community and driving the group from a period of deep bitter struggle into a new energetic evolution of freedom, unity, and non violence. At this juncture the entire company is working in unison, becoming stronger, driving the negative out, and redirecting each other into the hope of a better future. We run with complete abandon, celebrating and moving onward together. Dancing this masterpiece was and always will be one of my most favorite and poignant times of my 18 year career with the company." – Jennifer DePalo-Peterson

Pictured from left to right with Ms. DePalo-Peterson: Heather McGinley, Jackie Bulnes, Atsuko Tanohata, Blakeley White-McGuire, and Jacquelyn Elder.

Premiere of Chronicle: December 20, 1936 – Guild Theatre, New York City
Choreography by Martha Graham
Costumes by Martha Graham
Music by Wallingford Riegger

Photographer Unknown

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