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Article Arabesque no. 1 (Ballet choreographed by Martha Graham)

Performed to music by Claude Debussy, Arabesque No. 1 premiered on April 18, 1926, at New York's 48th Street Theater, and was Graham's first independent concert. The original cast included Thelma Biracree, Evelyn Sabin, and Betty Macdonald. Dance Magazine (July 1926) noted, "The three soft childish figures nude and silhouetted whitely against the black drop curtain made charming cameos while Louis Horst played Debussy." A revised version was performed on August 1, 1927, at the Anderson-Milton School in New York. Graham did not dance in the 1927 program, which featured Louise Gotto, Ray Moses, Ethel Rudy, Sylvia Heller, Mary Rivoire, and Benice Michaelson--all students from the school.

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