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Martha Graham in Ekstasis
. Photograph by Soichi Sunami. Reproduced with permission of the Sunami Family.
Performed to music by Lehman Engel, Ekstasis premiered on May 4, 1933, at New York's Guild Theatre. The solo work was danced by Martha Graham. The New York Telegraph (May 6, 1933) noted that the work was the "most appealing of the premiers" [sic] and Musical America (May 25, 1933) said it "was an impressive dance suite on a much more heroic scale— a work in which Miss Graham was led to exploit her best resources to the full."