Seraphic Dialogue

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Modern dance work in one act with choreography by Graham, music by Dello Joio, set by Noguchi, costumes by Graham, and lighting by Rosenthal. Premiered 8 May 1955 by the Martha Graham Dance Company at the ANTA Theater, New York, with Margolies, Birch, Hinkson, Turney, and Ross. A dance portrait of Joan of Arc. It was originally choreographed as a solo (same music, 1950) under the title Triumph of St Joan. In the revised version Joan looks back over her life in a series of danced dialogues with her guiding spirit, St Michael, and with three figures who represent different aspects of her nature—maid, warrior, and martyr. At the work's close the transfigured Joan finally takes her place among the saints.

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