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

This light-hearted Google Doodle was created by Ryan Jeremy Woodward and was released on May 10th, 2011 commemorating the birth of dance choreographer, Martha Graham.

Ryan, clearly an accomplished videographer, also produced this real masterpiece (3:05 min) which now has over 7.5 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.

There are some amazing comments to be found on the Youtube video; for me, the top comment is the one shown below. What do you think? Let us know in the comments . .

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

“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.”

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

Originally posted: 11 May 2011

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