To Dance on Sands: The Life and Art of Death Valley's Marta Becket

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The only time she felt free was when she was dancing. Performing her own creations on her own stage.it would be like dancing forever. Then one day, in the middle of Death Valley, it appeared to her like a dream. A beautiful theater that no one wanted.To Dance on Sands is the autobiography of Marta Becket, artist, dancer, and performer, and subject of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Amargosa. From her childhood in bohemian New York of the 1920s and 30s to her career as a painter, dancer and chorus ...
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The only time she felt free was when she was dancing. Performing her own creations on her own stage.it would be like dancing forever. Then one day, in the middle of Death Valley, it appeared to her like a dream. A beautiful theater that no one wanted.To Dance on Sands is the autobiography of Marta Becket, artist, dancer, and performer, and subject of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Amargosa. From her childhood in bohemian New York of the 1920s and 30s to her career as a painter, dancer and chorus performer on Broadway and television, Becket tells, in quirky, honest prose the story of the many ups and downs she faced living a life in the arts.To Dance on Sands is the story of a fiercely independent woman driven by her creative muses to live life on her own terms. From the glitz of New York to performing before a hand painted audience in a remote ghost town, Marta Becket's tale is one that will inspire the dancer and artist in everyone.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781932173819
  • Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/31/2007
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Marta Becket was born in 1924, in New York City. As a dancer she appeared on Broadway, TV and countless small venues all across America. In 1967, Becket moved to Death Valley Junction, eventually bought an abandoned theater, and has lived there ever since, putting on productions of her on original "dance mimes."
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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    I love this book. If you have passion about anything in life re

    I love this book. If you have passion about anything in life read this book. You will understand what Marta went thru to arrive at her own complete life in the arts. She was so talented in many areas and driven to feel full-filled. She found an oasis in the desert and turned it into a place of beauty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2006

    Marta Becket: A RARE FLOWER OF RADIANT BEAUTY.

    It always seems that the people who are very quiet and soft spoken are the ones who have the most to say. They only have to whisper, for you to hear them loud and quite clear. Marta Becket is herself a tribute to that very rare individual who has heeded to the calling of their inner voice, and without question proceeds down the unknown path which has been laid before them. Marta Becket finds joy in the creation of her art, rather then seeking the elusive rewards that art might possibly bestow on you, if it finds you worthy. Rather then exploit her art, and as is usually the case, art ends up exploiting you, Marta Becket shares herself through her art, which amongst other things includes her love of dance, painting, music, and probably so much more that I could even begin to guess at. Before I recommend Ms. Becket¿s book, ¿To Dance on Sands,¿ I would first recommend that you see the documentary, ¿Amargosa,¿ (Sold on DVD and VHS exclusively at this time through, ¿Carlson Films.¿) about Marta Becket and her vision that she has created and worked hard on in, (of all places), the middle of the Death Valley desert in California, where dreams, and water are scarce, and inspiration is discovered by only those very few individuals who have such an abundance of life within themselves, they have more than enough to share with others. Second, you simply must see Marta Becket live and in person, dance her dance to the celebration of individuality, the joy of creation, and most important, her inspired dance to the spirit of life that each and every one of us shares with each other on this planet. (AND THEN BUY THIS BOOK!)

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