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Modern dance in five sections with choreography by Graham, music by Wallingford Riegger, designs by Isamu Noguchi, and costumes and lighting by Graham. Premiered 20 Dec. 1936 by the Martha Graham company at the Guild Theater in New York. ‘Chronicle does not attempt to show the actualities of war; rather, by evoking war's images, it sets forth the fateful prelude to war, portrays the devastation of spirit which it leaves in its wake, and suggests an answer’ (Graham). Although the original work in its entirety has been lost, three sections have been reconstructed from film clips by the Martha Graham company: ‘Spectre-1914’, ‘Steps in the Street’ (reconstructed by Graham herself in 1989), and ‘Prelude to Action’.

Subjects: Dance.


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