Article Poems of 1917 (Ballet choreographed by Martha Graham)

Performed to music by Leo Ornstein, Poems of 1917 was divided into two sections, "Song behind the Lines" and "The Dance of Death." It premiered on April 22, 1928, at New York's Little Theatre. The solo work was danced by Martha Graham. The New York Times (April 23, 1928) said that the work is "likely to provide much subject for discussion. Highly provocative in conception, [the movements] produce a striking dramatic effect, whether they are to be classified as dancing or not." Dance Magazine (July 1928) noted that Poems of 1917 was "one of the most dramatic pieces of work that Miss Graham ever interpreted."

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