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El Penitente


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Modern dance in one act with choreography by Graham, music by Horst, set by Arch Lauterer, and costumes by E. Gilfond. Premiered 11 Aug. 1940 by the Martha Graham company at Bennington College Theater in Bennington, Vermont, with Graham, Hawkins, and Cunningham. In a Native American community in the US Southwest, a primitive morality play is acted out by three strolling players. Graham appeared as the Virgin, Magdalen, and the Madonna, Hawkins was the Penitent, and Cunningham was Christ. In later years Pearl Lang took over Graham's part. The work was later redesigned by Noguchi and has been revived for London Contemporary Dance Theatre and White Oak Dance Project.

Subjects: Dance.


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