She was born on May 11, 1894. As actor Gregory Peck says in one of the video clips below, she cared about movement - the body's movement through life as an expression of the mind and spirit. There's plenty to love and admire in the slide show below. What she has to say about sacrifice, the art of teaching, and dance itself - there's quite a bit here, including the complete Appalachian Spring ballet. Her influence on 20th-century dance has been compared to Frank Lloyd Wright's impact on architecture and Pablo Picasso's innovations in painting. Look at any one of the slides below, and you will understand why. And how fitting that her birthday should coincide with Mother's Day. All mothers carry some aspect of the Divine Mother. In Martha Graham, the manifestation was archetypal. The breadth of an artist's love includes the whole of humanity.
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