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Deep Song and Federico García Lorca’s Cante Jondo LEA CLAY INTERVIEWS GRAHAM DANCER TERESE CAPUCILLI

I contacted Juilliard teacher and former Martha Graham Company dancer Terese Capucilli in fall of 2013 as a part of my research for my senior honors thesis. In my thesis, I explore the relationship between Federico García Lorca’s Poema del cante jondo, written in 1921 and published in 1931, and Deep Song, a modern dance solo choreographed by Martha Graham in 1937 and inspired in great part on Lorca’s poems. Martha Graham’s piece was created, as many others in the New York Modern dance world, in response to the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. Using André Lepecki’s explorations of modernity’s drive toward movement (Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement), and Alain Badiou’s notion of self agency in dance (“Dance as Metaphor for Thought”), I explore how movement occurs throughout Lorca’s poems and how Graham “reads” the Spanish Civil War through Lorca’s words. I identify manifestations of technical qualities of cante jondo music in Graham’s piece, primarily through the musicality of the dancer and through her association with the prop of the bench. At the time of my interview with Capucilli, I had written the bulk of my chapter on Lorca and was interested in finding out the degree to 182

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