Walter’s World: Preview Martha Graham Dance Company

By Walter Rutledge

The Martha Graham Dance Company will begin a seven-performance season at the Frederick P. Rose Hall beginning Tuesday March 15, 2011. The hall located on Broadway at 60th Street, is renowned as the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The performances celebrate the 85th anniversary season of the Martha Graham Dance Company.

To honor this amazing millstone in modern dance, (and in many respects Graham is moving modern art) the company has devised four programs featuring revivals of Graham classics and a world premiere by Taiwanese choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava. Robert Wilson’s 1995 tribute to Graham Snow On The Mesa will be presented on the opening night. Wilson’s work was only the second commission by a guest artist (Twyla Tharp was commissioned in 1993); and this ballet remains the only work he has created for a dance company. Graham’s last completed work Maple Leaf Rag (1990) will close the program. The ballet features music by Scott Joplin and costumes by Calvin Klein.

Graham’s visually stunning collaborations with artist Isamu Noguchi will be honored in The Noguchi & Graham Connection on Thursday March 17. The evening will present what artistic director Janet Eilber described as, “three different worlds of Martha Graham.” The evening will feature the comic Embattled Garden, the tragic Cave of the Heart, and one of Graham’s most beloved works Appalachian Spring.

Tickets can be purchased at Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office at 60th Street ground floor, by phone at CenterCharge 212-721-6500 and at . The four programs are listed below:

Program A: Robert Wilson/Martha Graham 85th Anniversary Program Opening Night Performance Tuesday, March 15, 7:00pm Snow on the Mesa (1995) R. Wilson, Maple Leaf Rag (1990) Graham

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Program B: New Revival/ New York Wednesday March 16, 7:30pm / Saturday March 19, 8:00pm Cave of the Heart (1947) Graham, Death and Entrances (1943) Graham, CHASING (2011) Pagarlava

Program C: The Noguchi/Graham Connection Thursday March 17, 8:00pm An official event of Carnegie Hall’s Japan/NYC Festival Embattled Garden (1958) Graham, Cave of the Heart (1947) Graham Appalachian Spring (1944) Graham

Program D: Political Dance Project Saturday Matinee, March 19, 2:00pm Dance is a Weapon Montage with dances by Isadora Duncan, Eve Gentry, Sophie Maslow, Jane Dudley, and Martha Graham Appalachian Spring (1944) Graham

In Photos: 1) Miki Orihara 2)Mariya Dashkina Maddux 3) Blakely White-Mc Guire

All Photographs by Albert Watson

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