EVERY SOUL IS A CIRCUS
Choreography and Costumes by Martha Graham
Music by Paul Nordoff
Original Lighting by Jean Rosenthal, adapted by Beverly Emmons
Set by Philip Stapp
Premiere: December 27, 1939, St. James Theater, New York City
This is not the circus of canvas and sawdust ring, but a circus of ridiculous situations and foolish behaviors. In every woman there is the desire to be featured in a “star turn,” as the apex of a triangle, and as the beloved of a duet. In the life of every woman she is her own most appreciative spectator. In this circus of a foolish woman’s life, the sum total of episodes and of interludes does not add up to dignity, but to addled confusion.