Dishonoring Martha Graham’s Memory

Now that the Martha Grahma litigation has been resolved, the MG company is back dancing. But it’s a pale imposter that does its founder a disservice. “Financial crises and litigation over the ownership of Graham’s name and repertory had left her company dangling, and its comeback proved that her ghost could be a destructive force, invoking past greatness in a way that made present achievement look both paltry and old-fashioned. Much of the dramatic power in her choreography had eroded to an alarming extent, and as a result, the whole future of the Graham legacy appeared questionable.”