Originally Published on: Feb 17, 2012 Updated 2017
I too am a big fan of the mysterious ballerina of Death Valley. This story by John L. Smith published a lovely tribute to a lovely lady.
Storytelling is an art.
Nobody knows that better – or has done that better than Marta Becket.
For over 45 years, Marta Becket has told stories through dance, art, and theatre, captivating audiences, young and old, at the Amargosa Opera House in the otherwise unforgiving landscape of Death Valley in the California desert. And for those unable to have seen her in person, her story is memorialized in her autobiography, To Dance on Sands.
And now, Marta’s closed another chapter, giving her last performance on stage before an adoring crowd. One of her most devoted fans, former Las Vegas Review-Journal journalist John L. Smith, dedicates a column to the creative artist that is Marta.
Marta Becket passed away at age 93, January 30, 2017. Marta lived life and created her art on her own terms. She inspired many, and I was most privileged to work on her autobiography in 2010. Her murals and art works live on in the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, California.