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Texas Performing Arts Presents MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY 9/25

Texas Performing Arts Presents MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY 9/25

Texas Performing Arts welcomes back the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 8pm at Bass Concert Hall 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 program also features Echo, 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.

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.


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