Errand Into the Maze: The Life and Works of Martha Graham

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From the legendary dance critic Deborah Jowitt, Errand into the Maze is the definitive biography of the visionary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham.

"Deborah Jowitt chronicles a life passionately, artfully lived. An essential read about a true legend." --Mikhail Baryshnikov

Between 1926 and 1991, the year of her death, Martha Graham choreographed close to one hundred masterpieces. She changed how dancers were perceived onstage, devised new ways of moving, and pioneered a revolutionary dance technique. Along the way, Graham engaged with the debates, ideas, and events of the twentieth century--creating dances of social comment and human experiences. Graham, the first dancer and choreographer to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and named Time's "Dancer of the Century," was a visionary artistic force. Hers was the iconic face of what came to be called modern dance.

In Errand into the Maze, the legendary dance critic Deborah Jowitt gives us the definitive portrait of this great American artist. Beginning with Graham's childhood and early work in theatrical productions, and touching on her offstage adventures, this elegant, empathetic biography places Graham's works and creations at the heart of her story. Her dances, brimming with emotional intensity, are intimately linked with their creator, and she was foregrounded in many; she was the heroine in almost all the dances she choreographed, portraying figures like Jocasta, Clytemnestra, and Judith. In this volume, Graham is center stage once more, and Jowitt casts a bright and brilliant spotlight on her life and work.

Author: Deborah Jowitt
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published: 01/30/2024
Pages: 480
Weight: 1.11lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 1.11d
ISBN: 9780374280628

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 11/01/2022 pg. 19
Publishers Weekly 02/27/2023
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2023

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