Sunday Dance Recital at the Civic Repertory Theatre 105 West 14th Street New York City Sunday, February 12, 1928 [concert program]
Performed to music by Louis Horst, Chinese Poem was danced to the first section of the 1926 work, Three Poems of the East ("On listening to a flute by moonlight"). In 1927, the work became Two Poems from the East. Another section from the 1926 version, retitled East Indian Poem, was also performed on the February 12 program, when Chinese Poem premiered at New York's Civic Repertory Theatre. This solo work was danced by Martha Graham.
In his first review of Graham, the New York Times critic John Martin commented, "The program, said to be in the nature of a farewell to Miss Graham's familiar style of dancing before she goes over whole-heartedly to the new German technique was, generally speaking, a résumé of her work for the last several seasons. It ranged from the earlier numbers, which show a strong influence of the Denishawn tradition, such as the Tangara, the Chinese and the East Indian dances, to the modernistic Revolt."
See also the entries for Three Poems of the East, November 28, 1926, and Two Poems of the East, October 16, 1927.