September 29, 2014
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY AT QT IN OCTOBER
The Martha Graham Dance Company has been a leader in contemporary dance for almost 100 years. Today, the Company is embracing a new programming vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham, her peers, and their successors as well as new, visionary works by contemporary artists. With programs that fuse the work of choreographers across time, the Company is building on tradition, while creating innovative ideas for contemporary dance in new, compelling works.
“This will be the first time that the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company will perform at Queens Theatre. Queens Theatre audiences have been thrilled by choreography by Pascal Rioult and Paul Taylor in past seasons; both were members of the Martha Graham Dance Company early in their careers,” said Queens Theatre Managing Director Taryn Sacramone.
The performance will include:
SUITE FROM APPALACHIAN SPRING
CAVE OF THE HEART (1946)
Later in October:
Queens Theatre will present The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged!), a bawdy adult comedy that will take audiences on rollicking ride through centuries of laughter, from the high-brow to the low-brow, from the ancient Greeks to Charlie Chaplin to “The Daily Show.” October 25 & 26, 2014. Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 3pm.
Coming to QT in November:
Queens-based Valerie Green/Dance Entropy will present an exciting and innovative modern dance program.November 1 & 2, 2014; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 3pm.
The Cottage by Sandy Rustin. A mischievous farce set in a cozy “love nest” in the English countryside in the early 1920’s. As the classy cast exchange stinging barbs and longing looks, a surprising and delicious web of secrets is unraveled. November 7-16, 2014; Fridays at 8pm (11/14 Matinee at 2pm) Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, Sundays at 3pm.
ABOUT MARTHA GRAHAM
Graham’s groundbreaking style grew from her experimentation with the elemental movements of contraction and release. By focusing on the basic activities of the human form, she enlivened the body with raw, electric emotion. The sharp, angular, and direct movements of her technique were a dramatic departure from the predominant style of the time.
Graham influenced generations of choreographers that included Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp, altering the scope of dance. Classical ballet dancers Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mikhail Baryshnikov sought her out to broaden their artistry. Artists of all genres were eager to study and work with Graham—she taught actors including Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Madonna, Liza Minelli, Gregory Peck, Tony Randall, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, and Joanne Woodward to utilize their bodies as expressive instruments.
During her long and illustrious career, Graham created 181 dance compositions. During the Bicentennial she was granted the United States’ highest civilian honor, The Medal of Freedom. In 1998, TIME Magazine named her the “Dancer of the Century.” The first dancer to perform at the White House and to act as a cultural ambassador abroad, she captured the spirit of a nation. “No artist is ahead of his time,” she said. “He is his time. It is just that the others are behind the time.”
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Always a fertile ground for experimentation, the Martha Graham Dance Company has been an unparalleled resource in nurturing many of the leading choreographers and dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Graham’s groundbreaking technique and unmistakable style have earned the Company acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Today, the Company continues to foster Graham’s spirit of ingenuity. It embraces a new vision that showcases classics by Graham, her contemporaries and their successors alongside newly commissioned works. The Company is actively working to create new platforms for contemporary dance and multiple points of access for audiences.
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