Martha Graham Dancing The Hidden Language of the Soul

Dance icon Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 — April 1, 1991) was an influential American dancer and choreographer whose career spanned over seventy years.

During her distinguished career she was the first dancer to perform at the White House and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ryan produced this real masterpiece (3:05 min), over 4.5 million views on YouTube, and counting. It’s an elegant and exciting animation and sound track, in the spirit of Martha Graham, that is the romantic and bitter-sweet Thought of You by Ryan Woodward on YouTube.

Martha Graham
Martha Graham dancing the hidden language of the soul — click to enlarge

For me, the top comment on YouTube is the one shown below. What do you think? Let us know in the comments . .

“I figure that they’re in a relationship, but she pretends to be something she’s not, and won’t be herself with him until they’ve been together for so long, but by then he’s in a relationship not with her, but who she’s pretending to be. When she finally is herself, he finds out that the relationship until then wasn’t real and leaves; best to be real the whole time I would say.”


Ryan Jeremy Woodward was also commissioned by Google to do a logo, an 18 second animated sequence (18 seconds) see the video at left, in celebration of what would have been the great dancer’s 117th birthday.

Sources: The Martha Graham Dance Company; Video by motionographer Ryan Jeremy Woodward

Originally posted: 11 May 2011

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