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Martha Graham, dance and politics
Dana Mills

dance artist to represent the US on those tours was José Limón, who went to Latin America in 1954 (Prevots 2001). Martha Graham was one of the most prominent artists to take an active part in this programme. Clare Croft, who has written extensively about dance and cultural diplomacy in the US, argues that Graham was defined as a ‘grand lady of dance’ in a memo sent in 1974 from Henry Kissinger to Gerald Ford (Croft 2015:  105). But Graham’s centrality in American dance predated the State tours. The State Department consequently assumed she had international value

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