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Diversion of Angels

Diversion of Angels



Martha Graham


Norman Dello Joio

Program Notes

"It is the place of the Rock and the Ladder, the raven, the blessing, the tempter, the rose. It is the wish of the single-hearted, the undivided: play after spirit's labor: games, flights, fancies, configurations of the lover's intention: the beloved Possibility, at once strenuous and tender: humors of innocence, garlands, evangels, Joy on the Wilderness Stair; diversion of angels." - Ben Belitt 

Premiere: August 13, 1948, Palmer Auditorium, New London, CT 

*By arrangement with Theodore Presser company, agents for Carl Fischer LLC, publisher and copyright representative.

Presented by arrangement with Martha Graham Resources, a division of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. 

The MARTHA GRAHAM CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE keeps vital and builds upon the unique work of Martha Graham, the principal originator of American modern dance. The MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY, founded by Martha Graham in 1926, is the first and most celebrated modem dance company in the world and features an international roster of the most talented modem dancers in the world today. Students come from around the world to study at the MARTHA GRAHAM SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE, the only school primarily focused upon teaching the Martha Graham technique and repertory. The course structure culminates in the pre-professional training of young dancers, who perform at public schools, colleges, and other venues as the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble. The MARTHA GRAHAM RESOURCES shares the works of Martha Graham with other arts organizations and performers and preserves and makes available to the public the assets of one of the world's most extensive collections of dance history: sets, costumes, audio and video recordings, photographs and correspondence. 

For more information, go to Call 212.229-9200 for information about school programs and the Martha Graham Dance Company and Martha Graham Resources. Email to be added to our mailing list. 

Ballet Credits

Choreography and Costume Design by Martha Graham 

Staged by Peggy Lyman Hayes and Peter Sparling

Music by Norman Dello Joio* 

Original Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal

Lighting by Les Dickert