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.
From the Archives: Martha Graham and Her Dancers
Photographs of Graham and her works as the Martha Graham Dance Company celebrates its 90th-anniversary season.
Images of Marrtha Graham | Martha Graham, photographed by Edward Steichen for Vanity Fair, 1931 ...
martha graham technique | Martha Graham, 1894-1991