Martha Graham, Rita Hayworth share bill in 1923 2

Dance · Theater

Astonishing discovery by artsmeme‘s Hollywood dance detective …

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Every student of dance history knows that Martha Graham danced in the Greenwich Village Follies of 1923, produced by John Murray Anderson, first in Sheridan Square in the Village and then on Broadway. Correct? Yes, correct.

Graham, above, appeared in the 1923 edition of the “Follies,” dancing in Ted Shawn’s Serenata Morisca and Michio Ito’s The Garden of Kama.

But did’ja know Rita Hayworth also danced in the Follies … with her family troupe, ‘the Cansinos’?

Rita was five years old!

Before her fifth birthday she was one of the Four Cansinos featured in the Broadway production of The Greenwich Village Follies at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Yeppie, the show ran at the Winter Garden from September 1923 to January 1924. Holiday fodder! One hundred twenty performances by two troupers, Martha and Rita.

The road(s) not taken!

2 thoughts on “Martha Graham, Rita Hayworth share bill in 1923

  1. debra levine May 29,2020 11:03 am

    Fabulous comment, Wendy. Thank you!

  2. Wendy Perron May 28,2020 11:32 am

    What a great discovery about the coincidence of both Graham and Hayworth in the Greenwich Village Follies! I studied at the Graham school on and off from 1963 to 1970, the last year of which I was on scholarship. Occasionally, Martha would teach herself. One time, when she was trying to get us to be more bold in the opening of the legs in the step-draw movement, she said, “I wasn’t in the Follies for nothing.”

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