Gary Galbraith and Virginie Mécène in Martha Graham's "Appalachian Spring"
Photo by John Deane
Gary Galbraith and Virginie Mécène in Martha Graham's "Appalachian Spring"

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall
$36 - $45

This performance is supported in part by the Topfer Endowment for Performing Arts Production and the National Dance Project. Presented in partnership with the Department of Theatre & Dance

Martha Graham Dance Company
Janet Eilber, artistic director

Appalachian Spring
Lamentation Variations

Texas Performing Arts is thrilled to welcome 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.

About the Program

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.

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

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.



Pre-Show Loft Event
Come early to the Martha Graham Dance Company performance for a pre-performance lecture and live ensemble music in The Loft. A UT student ensemble from the Butler School of Music will be performing in The Loft. The event begins when doors open at 6:30 PM.

Pre-Performance Lecture
Thursday, September 25 | 7:00 pm | Bass Concert Hall
Dr. Rebecca Rosen, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance is a choreographer and dance scholar whose research focuses on 20th and 21st century American dance. Dr. Rosen is the author of Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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Post-Performance Talkback
Thursday, September 25 | Bass Concert Hall
Immediately following the performance

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