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A Minuet In Time June 8, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Music & Dance, Writing & Writers.

Martha Graham’s impact on dance was staggering and often compared to that of Picasso’s on painting, Stravinsky’s on music, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s on architecture. … Everyone from Woody Allen to Bette Davis cites her as a major influence. ~ About the Dancer, Martha Graham

Although best known for her choreography on stage, Martha Graham (1894~1991) recognized that all of life is a dance, a celebration of the creative spirit within us:

220px-Lightning_striking_the_Eiffel_Tower_-_NOAAThere is a vitality, a life force, a quickening        that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.

The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable it is nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.  You have to keep yourself open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.

Keep the channel open.

No artist is pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction,
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.

~ from The Life & Work of Martha Graham

Quote:  Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. ~ Martha Graham

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1. cindy - June 8, 2010

Hail a legend!

nrhatch - June 8, 2010

Keep the channel open . . . let the creativity flow.

2. Joanne - June 8, 2010

Different, weird, eccentric — all synonyms for divine ceatures at their best and most creative moments…

nrhatch - June 8, 2010

Authentic, unique, autonomous. : )

3. Smander - June 9, 2010

Hmmm…more alive than the others. I sometimes feel this. Mostly I feel what I wouldnt describe as divine but certainly queer dissatisfaction. I’m new to your blog and am just getting a feel for it but I like what I see so far. You have some very interesting ideas.

nrhatch - June 9, 2010

I expect that all of us can tap into the creative sea . . . and when we do we feel divinely and utterly alive with wonder, inspiration, and enthusiasm.

And when we don’t . . . {{blah}}

4. agatha82 - June 10, 2010

“Keep the channel open” – That’s is such good advice, I find that when we are open more good things come to us, whether it be inspiration or friends or experiences that teach us along the way.

nrhatch - June 10, 2010

When we step into the flow of life, we enter the current of creativity. Life moves swimmingly along.

5. Tokeloshe - February 11, 2011

Beautiful Thank you 😉

Have a wonderful weekend.

nrhatch - February 11, 2011

Oh, good. Glad you enjoyed. Loved your ballet poses. 😀

6. Tokeloshe - February 11, 2011

A book that I can recommend.
Understanding Creativity by Jane Piirto


nrhatch - February 11, 2011

Thanks. I’ll check it out!

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