The Third From the Left
– The story about the 1964 revival of Martha Graham’s masterpiece, Primitive Mysteries
, is reborn. As a former Graham dancer, Ms. Colonomos recounts five women’s struggle to master this back-breaking choreography. The play is about modern dance, dancers and the genius of Martha Graham.
Jean Colonomos began her career in the Arts as a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. She then wrote about dance for various publications in New York City during the ’60s and ‘70s. During this time Ms. Colonomos became a produced playwright and a poet. In 2006 her play, The Third from the Left, was first performed in Edinburgh and in 2008, it debuted in America at New York’s International Fringe Festival. The play received excellent reviews, notably in the New York Times. For her play, Black Dawn, about female Cambodian survivors of the Pol Pot regime suffering from psychogenic blindness, she and her director, Jon Lawrence Rivera, received Citations from the City of Los Angeles. Ms. Colonomos’ poetry has been published in over fifty online and print publications. For more, visit jeancolonomos.weebly.com.
Neil Baldwin, author of the forthcoming Martha Graham: When Dance Became Modern (under contract with Alfred A. Knopf) sat in on MGC rehearsals under the guidance of Denise Vale for the revival of Primitive Mysteries and has written a new essay with his observations exploring the complex genesis of this modernist masterpiece.