This DVD is divided into three sections. The first is Martha Graham talking about her art and shows some of her students performing in the studio. The second and third chapters are two dances with Martha herself dancing in them. Although aging a little by this time her performances stand out for their simplicity and dignity. The choreography is fresh and very beautiful.
The third chapter is Appalachian Spring, a ballet with a score written by Copland specially for Graham's use. The simple setting is used to the full by Graham in her choreography, the dancing is excellent by all involved and of course the music is marvellous.
Dance rarely transforms well to televisual recording but somehow it works well here. As a historical document this should be on every collector's shelf. As a piece of art in its own right it also deserves to be watched. I personally found it very moving and interesting at the same time. I am sure that any fan of 'modern dance' will agree.
You either love or hate Martha Graham's movement style, but either way, if you like dance, it is invaluable to see the 'mother' of modern dance perform. If you are studying dance or performance art, Martha Graham is always going to be referred to, and as there are very few records of her in dance available to buy, this adds great value to this DVD. I have found it to be very useful, especially as it has two of her most referred to dances from her two different choreographic periods on it. Great resource material!