Sept. 17, 2014
When looking at any type of art, whether it be painting, film, music, or anything else, there is often a tendency to attribute the quality, power, and who knows what else to just one artist that we deem the mastermind – the painter, the director, the songwriter. Even if it's very clearly a collaboration, we're often way more comfortable pinning it to the name that's cooler or better known. The reason for this is difficult to pinpoint. Maybe it really is a valid way to look at things, or maybe it's just easier that way. Every once in awhile, though, a project comes along that is a pure collaboration in the truest sense of the word; a project that would be radically different if not for the involvement of several diverse minds. Appalachian Spring is such a project and the product of a dancer/choreographer, a composer, and a sculptor: Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, and Isamu Noguchi, respectively.
Martha Graham might be called the Great American Dancer, if there is such a thing. The “American” qualifier may not even be necessary. Quite simply, she is one of the most influential dancers slash choreographers of all time. Unfortunately, the best way to describe Graham's impact may be to compare her to others (and crib from her Wikipedia article): Graham is to dancing as Picasso is to painting, as Stravinsky is to classical music, or as Frank Lloyd Wright is to architecture. Which is to say, she completely and radically redefined the possibilities and peoples' expectations of the form...
Brian Correia is a budding computer scientist and aspiring writer from Boston, Massachusetts who couldn't decide which hip-hop lyric to put in his byline. The top three, in no particular order, were as follows: “cooler than a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce,” “spiced out Calvin Coolidge loungin' with six duelers,” and “I got techniques drippin' out my buttcheeks.” He is on Twitter (@brianmcorreia
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) like the rest of the kids.