|20th-Century Dance Masterpieces Come to Life When Martha Graham Dance Company Takes the Meany Hall Stage
Thursday-Saturday, November 4-6, 8 PM
Founded in 1926 by dancer-choreographer Martha Graham, the Martha Graham Dance Company is the oldest and perhaps most celebrated modern dance company in America. Under director Janet Eilber, the company continues to evolve and to present notable work. In their first performance at UW World Series since 2003, the Company’s program will feature repertory that spans the 20th century.
The performance opens with Prelude & Revolt, a multimedia event that charts the era when Martha Graham discovered her revolutionary new approach to dance and theater. This suite of dances includes repertory from her Denishawn beginnings to the stark imagery of Lamentation and Steps in the Street.
Lamentation is the source of inspiration of a work featured in the second half of the program, Lamentation Variations. Conceived in 2007 to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, Variations is comprised of three new works created by contemporary choreographers Richard Move, Larry Keigwin, and Bulareyaung Pagarlava in response to their viewing of a film from the early 1930s of Martha Graham dancing movements from the iconic solo. Each choreographer was asked to create a spontaneous sketch of their reaction to the Graham film, and was required to adhere to the following conditions: 10 hours of rehearsal, public domain music or silence, basic costumes and lighting design. Watch a short clip of Lamentation performed by Martha Graham herself.