Errand Into the Maze

As Rival Factions Fight over Martha Graham’s Legacy, Richard Move Re-creates the Diva’s Singular Mystique

He thought wrong. As "Martha@" enters its fifth season, he sees no shortage of interest or material. "The booking of guest slots can go on indefinitely," he says. "I'm dying to get Ann Reinking on the show. And Tommy Tune. And with all the young and emerging artists, it's almost limitless."

He also has a wealth of material for his Graham monologues and dances. "She made at least 180 ballets," he says. "I've done 20 of them, maybe 25." Still to come are adaptations of Dark Meadow (1946), Judith (1950), and Seraphic Dialogue (1955).

Move continues to find favor with some of the dancers who knew Martha best: Yuriko, Bertram Ross, Linda Hodes, Mary Hinkson, Matt Turney, and Stuart Hodes. "Those are people who really know Martha," he says. "And they have embraced what I do by telling me little stories or finding me videos. Stuart, who was Martha's partner in the 1950s, has actually performed with us three times. To me, that's the ultimate satisfaction, the ultimate seal of approval."

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