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Andonis Foniadakis’ “Echo” | NEW@Graham with Andonis Foniadakis….

October 27, 2013

MGThe Martha Graham Dance Company and Andonis Foniadakis gave a teasing glimpse into Mr. Foniadakis newest work to be premiered during its season at the New York City Center, March 19-22. 2014. The New York City Center season will feature new works by both Nacho Duato and Andonis Foniadakis along with the new one-act production of Graham’s Clytemnestra. Also, the season will include performances in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Appalachian Spring and the 30th Anniversary of Graham’s The Rite of Spring.

NEW@Graham with Andonis Foniadakis; Photo by Suzanne Flanagan

NEW@Graham with Andonis Foniadakis; Photo by Suzanne Flanagan

Inspired by the Greek legend of Echo and Narcissus, Mr. Foniadakis’s Echo is not an exact retelling but a reinterpretation of the legend as seen by the choreographer. In Greek mythology Echo was a wood nymph who loved a youth by the name of Narcissus. He was a beautiful creature loved by many but Narcissus loved no one. He enjoyed attention, praise and envy. In Narcissus’ eyes nobody matched him and as such he considered none were worthy of him.

Martha Graham Dance Company in rehearsal for Andonis Foniadakis’ “Echo” | NEW@Graham. Photo by Suzanne Flanagan

Martha Graham Dance Company in rehearsal for Andonis Foniadakis’ “Echo” | NEW@Graham. Photo by Suzanne Flanagan

The evening began with a quick introduction by Graham Artistic Director Janet Eilber and then a performance of both Doug Varone and Larry Keigwin’s Lamentation Variations. The highly acclaimed Lamentation Variations is a project that invites selected choreographers to create a four-minute sketch in response to a video of Martha Graham’s classic solo “Lamentation”.

Tadej Brdnik, Lloyd Knight, Abdiel Jacobsen, Maurizio Nardi in Martha Graham Dance Company’s “Lamentation Variations / Varone Variation”, Choreography by Doug Varone, Photo by Paula Kajar

Tadej Brdnik, Lloyd Knight, Abdiel Jacobsen, Maurizio Nardi in Martha Graham Dance Company’s “Lamentation Variations / Varone Variation”, Choreography by Doug Varone, Photo by Paula Kajar

The all too brief glimpse we got of Mr. Foniadakis’s Echo showed us a work rich in its abstraction. It is true that it was not an exact retelling, but evidence of the tale still resonated throughout the dance shown. I was asked not to give up too much, so I won’t…you’ll have to wait and witness the completed work during the 2014 Season of the Martha Graham Dance Company at the York City Center, March 19-22.

Tadej Brdnik & Katherine Crockett with Martha Graham Contemporary Dance in Larry Keigwin’s “Lamentation Variations”. Photo: Aylin Gucalp

Tadej Brdnik & Katherine Crockett with Martha Graham Contemporary Dance in Larry Keigwin’s “Lamentation Variations”. Photo: Aylin Gucalp

The Martha Graham Dance Company’s NEW@Graham initiative supports the creation of new works for the Graham dancers by some of the top artists working in dance and theater today.  Those that support the NEW@Graham gain special access to the artists and the creative process, as a brand new dance takes shape and finds its unique voice.

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Martha Graham Dance Company

Mar 19 – 22, 2014

New York City Center

Tickets start at $35

The Martha Graham Dance Company returns to New York City Center for a four-evening engagement March 19-22, 2014. The Company brings exciting premieres by international stars Nacho Duato and Andonis Foniadakis along with the new one-act production of Graham’s Clytemnestra. Join in the 70th Anniversary celebration of Appalachian Spring and the 30th of Graham’s stunning The Rite of Spring, as well as an opening night gala performance with special guests.

Opening Night Gala
March 19, 7:00 pm
One-Act Clytemnestra
World Premiere, Andonis Foniadakis

Program A
March 21, 8pm
One-Act Clytemnestra
intermission
World Premiere, Andonis Foniadakis
Maple Leaf Rag

Program B
March 20 and 22, 8pm
Appalachian Spring
World Premiere, Nacho Duato
intermission
The Rite of Spring

Tickets available now.

Visit nycitycenter.org.

131 W 55th St

(btw 6th & 7th Aves.)

New York, NY 10019

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