I love words very much. I’ve always loved to talk, and I’ve always loved words – the words that rest in your mouth, what words mean and how you taste them and so on. And for me the spoken word can be used almost as a gesture.
To me, the body says what words cannot. I believe that dance was the first art. A philosopher has said that dance and architecture were the two first arts. I believe that dance was first because it’s gesture, it’s communication. That doesn’t mean that it’s telling a story, but it means it’s communicating a feeling, a sensation to people.
Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body.
— Martha Graham
Martha Graham reflects on her art and a life in dance | New York Times: Martha Graham