Performed to music by Arthur Honegger, the work premiered on January 8, 1930, at New York's Maxine Elliott's Theatre. The dance was performed by Graham's Group in a concert given by the Dance Repertory Theatre. Graham joined dancer/choreographers Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, and [Helen] Tamiris to form the Dance Repertory Theatre. The goal was "to give annually a season of continuous dance programs which will be representative of the art of dance in American and will give native artists an outlet for their creative work."
Dance historians have noted that the work was retitled Salutation. According to a review in the New York Herald Tribune, the new title was used as early as the end of November 1932; however, Carlos Chávez is listed as the composer. A work by the name Salutation appears again in the Graham repertory in 1936, performed on April 7, 1936, in Los Angeles—to music by Lehman Engel.