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Martha Graham Dance Company to perform at the Joyce Theater March 13-18

March 2, 2012

I’m gearing up for the Martha Graham Dance Company’s New York Season at the Joyce Theater. On April 1st it will be 21 years since Martha Graham’s death, so I am excited to see exactly how the company has evolved. I was at the premiere of Maple Leaf Rag at the New York City Center in 1990 and have not seen the company since. I am very excited that of a revival of Mary Wigman’s Witch Dance.  Also, Lamentation Variations in which a choreographer is invited to make a four-minute dance response to Graham’s classic solo “Lamentation” has gotten great response.

Mary Wigman’s Witch Dance (Hexentanz) 1929

Inner Landscape, the latest offering in the company’s innovative series of thematic performances including contextual media and narration, features the acclaimed Graham psychological works in which she laid bare the human psyche. The Joyce season includes premieres by Lar Lubovitch and Yvonne Rainer, a revival of Mary Wigman’s Witch Dance and Graham’s comic Every Soul is a Circus, as well as Graham classics Night Journey, Deaths and Entrances, and Chronicle.

A silent color film of Martha Graham dancing extracts of “Lamentation” in 1943.

One night-only, March 14: leading university dance groups and Graham II perform Inner Landscape works by Martha Graham, Charles Weidman and Anna Sokolow. See the next generation interpret these masterworks. All tickets $35.

Night Journey 1947 with Martha Graham dancing…

Joyce Theater March 13 – 18

The program is listed below…

PROGRAM A: Mar 13 at 7:30pm, Mar 16 at 8pm, Mar 18 at 7:30pm
Witch Dance, Every Soul is a Circus, Lamentation Variations, Group A, Night Journey

PROGRAM B: Mar 15 at 8pm, Mar 17 at 8pm, Mar 18 at 2pm
Solo from Lyric Suite, Deaths and Entrances, Lamentation Variations, Group B, Chronicle

FAMILY MATINEE: Mar 17 at 2pm
All-City Panorama, Every Soul is a Circus, Other classic Graham repertory

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