Ticket stub, pasted to page four of [Martha Graham, Forty-Eighth Street Theatre, April 18, 1926] [concert program]
Performed to music by Manuel de Falla, Portrait--After Beltran-Masses premiered on April 18, 1926, at New York's 48th Street Theater. The solo work was performed by Martha Graham and was part of a program for her first independent concert. (The work was later retitled Gypsy Portrait.) Dance Magazine (July 1926) described the visual experience of seeing Graham, "Clad in a heavy gold kimon[o], making patterns with her body against a screen of brilliant lacquer—a romantic twelfth century tapestry in bold colorings, a gold crown on her head—a modern portrait after Beltran-Masses, lithe and tigerish in her crisp silk gown of black and orange strips, and red poppies in her sleek black hair—Martha Graham presents a series of pictures that fire the imagination and make a hundred stories for every gesture."