• Acts of Light, Martha Graham in the 21st Century,
  • by John Deane and Nan Deane Cano
  • (University Press of Florida, 2006)

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  • John Rockwell, The New York Times, Dec. 10, 2006:
  • Dance photography is always much among us, and a handsome new example has just been published by the University Press of Florida, which has become one of the prime sources for dance books. "Acts of Light: Martha Graham in the Twenty-first Century" ($39.95) is a chronicle of that troubled company today. Not that the book, with photographs by John Deane and a text by his sister, Nan Deane Cano, hints at the lawsuits, the financial debt, the managerial instability. This is a triumphal attestation of how the rich Graham heritage is being sustained by the company. The photographs, while capturing the full weirdness of Graham's theatrics and costumes, also reveal some remarkable dancers at the height of their powers.
  • Emily Macel, Dance Magazine, Dec., 2006:
  • "the photos are full of light and reveal a great legacy."
  • Susan Walker, The Toronto Star, Dec. 11, 2006:
  • The Complete Dance Library ... needs a copy of "Acts of Light, Martha Graham in the 21st Century." This large-format book contains photos you'll wish you could put on your wall. John Deane has done mouth-watering colour portraits of members of the Martha Graham Dance Company costumed and in poses from some Graham modern masterpieces, including Applachian Spring and Deaths and Entrances.
  • Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 15, 2006:
  • MARTHA GRAHAM enticing preview of Graham's choreography...stunning color photographs.
  • The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 17, 2006, "The Best of 2006 / Gifts":
  • Photographer John Deane has captured stunning images of members of the Martha Graham Dance Company. "Acts of Light" combines those portraits with text by Nan Deane Cano.