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Defne Koyluoglu

Defne Koyluoglu

Defne Koyluoglu is a student at Phillips Exeter Academy. Born in New York, New York and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Defne has spent her high school years at Exeter studying a liberal arts curriculum centered around the Harkness method of learning. As a part of this curriculum, she was assigned to independently research topics related to United States History in the Spring term of the year-long United States History sequence. She used this opportunity to explore her interest in Martha Graham’s influence on dance history as well as anti-fascist sentiments that used Americanism as tools during and around World War II.


Martha Graham

Martha Graham’s Night Journey

Reinterpreting the Greek tragedy, Graham built a choreography of dramatic, angular movements to embody the female experience, past and present.