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December 11, 2011 |
Ron Fletcher, a former dancer and choreographer who helped popularize the Pilates exercise system when he opened the first West Coast studio in 1972, died Tuesday at his home in Stonewall, Texas. He was 90. The cause was congestive heart failure, said Kyria Sabin, director of Fletcher Pilates, which trains instructors in the exercise methods Fletcher developed based on the teachings of Joseph and Clara Pilates. Forty years ago, few people outside of New York, where the Pilates method was first taught, had heard of the unusual fitness regimen, which involved strange-looking machines and movements similar to yoga and calisthenics.
April 3, 1991
At her request, there will be no funeral for modern dance pioneer Martha Graham. Ronald Protas, Graham's closest aide and probable successor, said Tuesday in New York that "following her wishes, there will be no funeral service and in lieu of any service, contributions can be made to the Martha Graham School Center for Contemporary Dance." Protas said plans for a memorial for Graham, who died Monday at age 96, had not yet been set.
May 6, 1994 |
By itself, "Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed" is incomplete--a documentary emphasizing the life of the artist over the masterworks that make her story worth telling. Happily, this thoughtful, hour-long "American Masters" portrait is followed by an hour that completes the picture: the previously telecast "Dance in America" episode featuring Graham's "Steps in the Street," "El Penitente" and "Maple Leaf Rag."
January 27, 1994 |
Ron Protas is getting used to being in the hot seat. Criticized for the way he has run the Martha Graham Dance Company since even before Graham's death in 1991, Protas most recently has been taking heat for bringing in choreographer Twyla Tharp to create a work for the troupe. An outside choreographer for the Graham company? The first in 60 years? Graham fans protested.
August 20, 2004 |
In the latest development in a long and bitter legal battle, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled this week that choreographer Martha Graham did not own most of the works she created and therefore could not leave them to her heir, Ron Protas.
August 31, 2012 |
Sorting through the rubble of Modernism is a task that preoccupies a significant number of contemporary artists today, but rarely so tangibly as it does Steve Roden in his recent film and video works at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. The show begins with "Everything She Left Behind That Fits in My Hand," a single-channel projection in which we see the artist's hand opening and closing upon a series of small objects - seashells, mostly - that once belonged to Martha Graham.