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Martha Graham Dance Company Comes to Staller Center April 8

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Martha Graham Dance Company, one of the most celebrated modern dance companies in America, comes to Staller Center Main Stage on Saturday, April 8, at 8 pm bringing a program of four dances to the stage.

Xin Ying in Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels (photo by Hibbard Nash Photography)
Xin Ying in Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels (photo by Hibbard Nash Photography)

Martha Graham’s legacy lives on as the company performs Graham masterpieces alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists. She is recognized as one of the groundbreaking artists of the 20th century. Martha Graham single-handedly defined contemporary dance as a uniquely American art form that was then shared with the world.

The Martha Graham Dance Company will perform two Graham classics: Dark Meadow Suite, 1946, choreography and costumes by Martha Graham, music by Carlos Chavez; and Diversion of Angels, 1948, choreography and costumes by Martha Graham, music by Norman Dello Joio. A new work, Woodland, had its premiere in 2016 at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, with Pontus Lidberg, choreographer, and music by Irving Fine.

The 2007 Lamentation Variations is based on Martha Graham’s original iconic solo, Lamentation. The new work was conceived to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 and was premiered at the Joyce Theater in New York City. It is based on a film from the early 1940s of a Martha Graham performance of Lamentation. Choreographers Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Richard Move and Larry Keigwin were invited to create a movement study for the current company in reaction to the Graham film.

Tickets to Martha Graham Dance Company are $48 and half price for children age 12 and under. Visit stallercenter.com to purchase or call the Staller Center box office at (631) 632-ARTS.

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