Article Heretic (Ballet choreographed by Martha Graham) A Faith

Performed to an old Breton song, Heretic premiered on April 14, 1929, at New York's Booth Theatre. (On an announcement for this program, the dance was called A Faith.) The work was performed by Martha Graham and Group and marked the debut of Graham's concert ensemble. In describing the choreography, the New York Telegraph April 16, 1929) noted, "Heretic presented a black circle of relentless figures, toward which an angelic soul draped in white cried and pleaded. As the plea registered with the merciless circle they rose to their fullest height and turned menacingly upon the priestess." The reviewer added, "Because of these group compositions, I regard this Martha Graham recital the best ensemble program of the entire season."

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Heretic (Ballet choreographed by Martha Graham)
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A Faith
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A Faith
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Article. Performed to an old Breton song, Heretic premiered on April 14, 1929, at New York's Booth Theatre. (On an announcement for this program, the dance was called A Faith.) The work was performed by Martha Graham and Group and marked the debut of Graham's concert ensemble. In describing the choreography, the New York Telegraph April 16, 1929) noted, "Heretic presented a black circle of relentless figures, toward which an angelic soul draped in white cried and pleaded. As the plea registered with the merciless circle they rose to their fullest height and turned menacingly upon the priestess." The reviewer added, "Because of these group compositions, I regard this Martha Graham recital the best ensemble program of the entire season."
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