On June 19th I had the pleasure of teaching a Graham technique class at the gorgeous Dance Exchange Studios. The students were wonderful and I’m hopeful to return to this lovely studio. Special thanks to Managing Director Sarah Case and Resident Artist/Education Coordinator Matthew Cumbie.
The morning of the 19th, I took a trip to the Museum of American History, where I beheld the original “Star-Spangled Banner” which was beautifully laid out and lit in a way that made it glow. As an added bonus, I took a walk through the civil rights exhibit and was moved by the history our nation, what we’ve accomplished, and what we still must work on as society.
The day before, I took a trip to the Library of Congress, where I spent hours looking over the Martha Graham archives. Especially interesting were the piles of interviews, some for Blood Memory, some for the Halston memorial. There were a few hand-written rehearsal and production notes from the 1989 American Document reconstruction that were curious to read as well.