"A Gift to Be Simple": Japanese American Influence in "Appalachian Spring"
Conservatory of Music
Professor Marta Robertson looks at the iconic ballet Appalachian Spring (1944) through the lens of Japanese-American influences on the initial production, especially via the dancing of Yuriko [Kikuchi] and set design of Isamu Noguchi. Having been detained in incarceration camps, Yuriko and Noguchi offer political and cultural perspectives on the frontier and Americana that contrast with those of choreographer Martha Graham and composer Aaron Copland.
Robertson, Marta. "'A Gift to be Simple:' Japanese American Influence in Appalachian Spring." Virtual lecture, American Musicological Society Lectures, Library of Congress, May 19, 2021.