Martha Graham Dance Company Announces 'Shape&Design' Season

Martha Graham Dance Company Announces 'Shape&Design' Season

The Martha Graham Dance Company's Shape&Design theme explores Graham's defining influence as an American modernist with programs that feature the sculptural and architectural aspects of choreography by Graham and others. The Company's two-week season at The Joyce Theater in New York City, February 10-22, 2015, will offer Graham classics, new commissions, and premieres by guest choreographers in three varied programs. The Company's expansive 2014-15 season also includes a twenty-city U.S. tour, and several projects related to Shape&Design, including partnerships with the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology and the international art gallery Hauser & Wirth.

The Company's Shape&Design season at The Joyce will feature the Graham masterworks Panorama and Chronicle, works from 1935-36 that set the standard for geometric and structural force onstage. Graham's Embattled Garden (1958) and Errand into the Maze (1947) will be presented as prime examples of Graham's collaboration with sculptor Isamu Noguchi and their groundbreaking reinvention of space. The now iconic shapes and gestures Graham pioneered will also be represented by the solos, Satyric Festival Song (1932) and Deep Song (1937).

Martha Graham's revolutionary sculptural approach to the moving body can be found in all of the classics, but in none more powerfully than Lamentation, created in 1930. In celebration of the 85th anniversary of Lamentation, the Company has commissioned four of today's most exciting choreographers to create Lamentation Variations. Kyle Abraham, Michelle Dorrance, Liz Gerring, and Sonya Tayeh will each contribute a piece inspired by Graham's signature solo. All four works will premiere at The Joyce.

The Joyce season also includes the New York premiere of Rust, created for the Company in 2013 by esteemed choreographer Nacho Duato. This dark, striking quintet for men is performed to a score by Arvo Pärt. Also featured is the Company premiere of The Snow Falls in the Winter (2008) by Annie-B Parson, with a new commissioned score by David Lang. Inspired by Ionesco's "The Lesson," the piece deftly weaves spoken text and movement in Parson's distinctive dance theater style. Andonis Foniadakis' Echo, set to an original score by Julien Tarride, will also be presented. Created for the Company in 2014, this stunning dance has only been seen in New York City on two occasions and will tour to 20 cities during the Company's 2014-15 season.

Detailed program information for The Joyce Theater season will be available on October 15. Tickets go on sale in November. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street) in Manhattan.

In addition to the Joyce performances, the Company will present several other projects and events related to Shape&Design. In October, the Company will perform as part of The Museum at FIT's Fashion Culture Series, in conjunction with the Dance and Fashion exhibit. Two of Graham's classic solos - Lamentation and Spectre-1914 - will be presented offering a look at seminal examples of Graham's revolutionary costuming. The event takes place on October 28, at 6pm, and includes a conversation with artistic director Janet Eilber, MFIT curator Melissa Marra, and designer DooRi. The exhibition, which runs from September 13 to January 3, will also include several costumes by Martha Graham and her collaborators. The FIT Museum is located at Seventh Avenue South and 27th Street in Manhattan.