Martha Graham: We Are Born With The Magic

Martha Graham, captured by Gjon Mili, in 1940.

Interview with Martha Graham
Conducted by James Grissom
New York City

The magic that is needed to create or sustain anything is within all of us. Our magic is unique to us, and it is not distributed evenly or fairly, but it is within all of us. We block it and smother it with fear and with constant comparison to what the people around us are doing with their magic. We have to get in touch with our magic, which is to say ourselves, with quiet study and persistent self-examination. We are born with the magic, but the excavation of this work is a lifelong, brutal process. 

©  2016  James Grissom


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