Martha Graham Dance Company, September 25 at Bass Concert Hall

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TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS
PRESENTS

THE ICONIC
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
JANET EILBER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014, 8:00 PM
AT BASS CONCERT HALL

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENT LISTED BELOW

PROGRAM
Appalachian Spring
Lamentation Variations
Echo
Errand

“Graham’s choreography remains a true, living American document.”
The New York Times

Texas Performing Arts welcomes back the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company for the first time in many seasons performing a program of signature and new works. Since its founding by Ms. Graham in 1926, the company has been a leader in the development of contemporary dance, bringing to life a timeless and uniquely American style of dance that digs deep into the psyche to define a new, homegrown, emotionally charged, and socially engaged contemporary. Today’s company continues to foster Graham’s spirit of ingenuity, presenting masterpieces by Graham and her contemporaries, alongside newly commissioned works by artists inspired by Graham’s legacy.

Graham’s Appalachian Spring is a snapshot of an exciting moment in dance history. The work premiered in 1944 and featured a score by Aaron Copland that earned him a Pulitzer Prize; Graham danced the lead, opposite Merce Cunningham.

The Lamentation Variations is an event that was conceived in 2007 to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11. The work is based on a film from the early 1940s of Martha Graham dancing movements from her then new, and now iconic, solo, Lamentation. The choreographers were each invited to create a movement study in reaction to the Graham film for the current company of Graham dancers.

Echo is a new work by choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, created for the Martha Graham Dance Company as part of the company’s Myth and Transformation project, which explores how artists transform iconic stories to make contemporary statements.
In Errand, the director and choreographer Luca Veggetti has envisioned a new setting, costumes and context for the Graham choreography of Errand into the Maze. He has emptied the stage of the traditional sets, using lighting to define the space, and has designed the most basic costuming.

In Errand, Veggetti has staged the Creature of Fear as a constant presence and has exchanged the Creature’s traditional Noguchi mask for a disguise that offers ominous anonymity. Veggetti’s Errand intensifies our focus on the dramatic, physical journey and makes it both contemporary and timeless.

The presentation of Martha Graham Contemporary Dance was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Art’s National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to $10 tickets for primary, secondary, or college students, Texas Performing Arts is now offering a limited number of $12 tickets to active and retired military personnel for all 2014-2015 season performances (excludes Broadway and special engagements). A military id is required. For a schedule of upcoming 2014-2015 season performances, please visit www.TexasPerformingArts.org.

For more information on this performance, please visit: http://texasperformingarts.org/season/martha-graham-dance-company-austin.

CAMPUS & COMMUNITUTY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS:
PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE
Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 7:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall Lobby

Dr. Rebecca Rossen, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance is a choreographer and dance scholar whose research focuses on 20th and 21st century American dance. Dr. Rossen is the author of Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance (Oxford University Press, 2014).

POSTPERFORMANCE TALKBACK
Immediately following performance
Bass Concert Hall

CALENDAR LISTING
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:00 pm –Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin presents the Martha Graham Dance Company at Bass Concert Hall (2350 East Campus Dr.) A map of the campus: texasperformingarts.org/visit/maps_directions. Tickets ($36 – $45 / Limited $10 student tickets / Limited $12 serving & retired Military tickets /discounted tickets available for UT faculty & staff and seniors) are on sale now at authorized ticket outlets, which include the Bass Concert Hall Ticket Office and all Texas Box Office outlets, online at TexasPerformingArts.org, or by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO.

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