Martha Graham: "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. . ."
Modern Dance History Unit -Loïe Fuller (1862-1928) American pioneer of modern dance and theatrical lighting (holder of many chemical compound patents). Her dance improvisation, inspired innovation in Isadora Duncan and Ruth St Denis. photo by Isaiah West Taber (1897) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loie_Fuller ~ KSM
Martha Graham Graham identified a method of breathing and impulse control she called "contraction and release." For her, movement originated in the tension of a contracted muscle, and continued in the flow of energy released from the body as the muscle relaxed. This method of muscle control gave Graham's dances and dancers a hard, angular look, one that was very unfamiliar to dance audiences used to the smooth, lyrical bodily motions of Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis.