In this essay originally aired in the 1950s, legendary modern dance and ballet choreographer Martha Graham describes for NPR’s This I Believe series what it means to be a dancer, “An Athlete of God”.
This I Believe is a National Public Radio program that features Americans, from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that begins with the series title. The pieces that make up the program compel listeners to re-think not only what and how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
Featuring a star-studded list of contributors that includes John McCain, Isabel Allende, and Colin Powell, as well as pieces from the original 1950’s series including Helen Keller and Jackie Robinson, the This I Believe book collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer, a woman who sells yellow pages advertising in Fort Worth, TX and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island’s parole board. The result is a stirring, funny and always provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of Americans whose beliefs, and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them, reveal the American spirit at its best.
This short audio essay is an excerpt from the audiobook edition of NPR’s This I Believe anthology.
Martha Graham (1894-1991) was “the Picasso of Dance,” a master dancer and choreographer who pioneered modern dance in the United States. Best known for choreographing Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Appalachian Spring, she received honors including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and induction into the National Museum of Dance’s Hall of Fame.
Jay Allison, the host of This I Believe, is an independent broadcast journalist. His work airs on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, PRI’s This American Life, ABC News’ Nightline, and other national programs.
Dan Gediman, is the Executive Producer of This I Believe. His work has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Marketplace, Soundprint, Jazz Profiles, and This American Life.
An Athlete of God was published on October 3, 2006.The An Athlete of God Audiobook is 6 hours and 40 minutes. Speechify has the Unabridged edition version of the audiobook.
Both the publication language and the narration language are in English.
An Athlete of God includes the following subjects: Inspiration & Personal Growth. The BISAC Subject Code is Literary Collections, Essays.
The author of An Athlete of God is Martha Graham.
The narrator for the An Athlete of God Audiobook is Martha Graham.