The Martha Graham Dance Company by Blakeley White-McGuire

“The Martha Graham Dance Company:
House of the Pelvic Truth”

by Blakeley White-McGuire


What is the legacy of Martha Graham and why does it endure?

How and why did the philosophy and subsequent canon of Martha Graham flood out into an artistic diaspora that is still a wellspring of inspiration for contemporary artists?

How do dancers that have never studied with, or worked under, Martha Graham maintain her vision?

All of these questions, and many more, are considered in this fascinating book, authored by Blakeley White-McGuire, one of the Martha Graham Company’s ex-principal dancers, which illuminates the ongoing significance of the Martha Graham Dance Company almost 100 years after it was founded.

Through doing so, we are offered a study of the history of the Martha Graham Dance Company – the longest-standing modern dance company in America, its international diaspora and the current generation of dancers taking up the mantel.

Drawing on extensive interviews conducted for the book, the company’s story is told through the experiences, inspirations, motivations and words of performers from Graham’s iconic artistic lineage.


This book takes up where the last books about the legacy of Martha Graham left off … There is no scholarship regarding the generation of artists who have been influenced posthumously by Graham’s example, by the study of her embodied technique and her revolutionary choreography … ?

Blakeley White-McGuire is highly regarded as one of Graham’s most significant contemporary interpreters as a dancer. As an author, she has already had several well-respected publications, and a book seems the next platform for her voice as an artist and scholar with a distinct history in this work.
Sandra Kauffman, Director of Dance, Loyola, US


For me, personally, I’ve never found a book on, about or by Martha Graham that has done her or her life’s work justice.  For me, the best is Goddess by Robert Tracy.
The other that includes much on Graham but is not exclusively about her is Deborah Jowitt’s Time and the Dancing Image.  Blakeley’s book has the potential to fill holes in certain areas.
Pam Risenhoover, Professor of Dance, Randolph College, US


This book is a major achievement. At last we have a social history, ecology and an intimate choreographic narrative of the woman and dance company that changed American dance and Modernism beyond it forever.
This book brings together, in their own words, the most important voices who had been shaped by and, in turn, themselves shaped the Martha Graham legacy and modern dance beyond it.
This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand dance, body-politics, feminism and the social history of the 20th century. A uniquely inspiring read that reminds us, in the words of Graham herself, that dance is the hidden language of the soul.
This book digs deep into the readers’ hearts and illuminates this significant lineage to which we are indebted.
Dana Mills


Published by Bloomsbury Academic Jan 2022

Published Jan 13 2022
Format Hardback / Paperback / Ebook
Edition 1st
Extent 176
Imprint Bloomsbury Academic
Illustrations 19 bw illus
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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