Monday, September 6, 2010

Alexander Hammid

The 1961 film of Martha Graham's ballet, Night Journey, was directed by Alexander Hammid and edited by Miriam Arsham. In Graham's telling of the Oedipus myth, a burly Paul Taylor (top still) dances the part of the blind seer Tiresias. Graham herself is Jocasta (bottom still), the wife and mother of Oedipus (danced by Bertram Ross). Watching the film is a different experience from seeing the ballet performed live, because the camera shows the dancers close-in, from many angles, and interacting with Isamu Noguchi's sculptural forms that comprise the set.
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