Essential Graham

Classics from the Martha Graham Dance Company

Tues | Apr 20, 2010 | 7:30pm

Martha Graham was one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance. She invented a new language of movement, and used it to reveal the passion, rage, and ecstasy common to human experience. She danced and choreographed for over 70 years, and during that time was the first dancer to perform at The White House, the first American dancer to travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and the first dancer to receive the nation’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom.

This special performance, including archival film clips, still photos, and narration interwoven with dancing from Graham’s prodigious body of work offers a kind of guided tour of Graham’s evolutionary and long creative career. “Prelude and Revolt” is currently scheduled to include Denishawn Trio which is composed of three solos: “Gnossienne” by Ted Shawn, “Tanagra” by Graham and “The Incense” by Ruth St. Denis; Polonaise and Serenata Morisca by Ted Shawn; and Lamentation and Steps in the Streets by Graham. Other works that may accompany this program include: Appalachian Spring Suite, Lamentation Variations, and Diversion of Angels.

Martha Graham Dance’s Essential Graham – Prelude and Revolt was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts.