Deborah Zall Project presents Dances by Dudley, Maslow, Sokolow, Zall, 5/12-13

Deborah Zall Project presents Dances by Dudley, Maslow, Sokolow, Zall, 5/12-13

Deborah Zall Project presents Dances by Dudley, Maslow, Sokolow, Zall, 5/12-13

The Deborah Zall Project will present a program of works by legendary modern dance choreographers Jane Dudley, Sophie Maslow and Anna Sokolow, along with dances by Deborah Zall, May 12 & 13 at 8 PM at the Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune St. Zall has gathered an ensemble of artists, all former members of the Martha Graham Dance Company, to perform these timeless works that have been reconstructed by Abigail Blatt, Lynn Frielinghaus, Samantha Geracht, Martin Lofsnes, and Zall.

Deborah Zall had the honor of working directly with the great modern dance pioneers Dudley, Maslow and Sokolow. "It is essential for young dancers and choreographers in the field to know the history of their art," she remarked, "and I feel compelled to pass along to the new generation these archival works and the inspiring lessons I learned from these masters."

TIME IS MONEY (1932) Jane Dudley/poem by Sol Funaroff, read by Margaret Klenck Staged by Martin Lofsnes, custodian for the Jane Dudley Estate.
performer: Erica Dankmeyer

CANTE FLAMENCO (1944) Jane Dudley/traditional music Staged by Martin Lofsnes Dudley's response to the Fascist takeover in Spain.
performer: Nya Bowman

"Dusty Old Dust" from DUSTBOWL BALLADS (1941) Sophie Maslow/Woody Guthrie Reconstructed by Lynn Frielinghaus Reconstruction courtesy of Abigail Blatt (daughter of Sophie Maslow) on behalf of the Estate of Sophie Maslow
performer: Jennifer Conley

"Andante Amoroso" from LYRIC SUITE (1953) Anna Sokolow/Alban Berg Reconstructed by Samantha Geracht
performer: Jennifer Conley

KADDISH (1945/1984) Anna Sokolow/Maurice Ravel Kaddish is a Jewish prayer for the dead that celebrates life.
Sokolow created Kaddish in 1945 as a testament to victims of the holocaust and a renewal of Sokolow's Jewish heritage.
In 1984, she restaged the solo for Deborah Zall, who is now passing it on.
performer: Erica Dankmeyer

"A Point of Doctrine" from THE VILLAGE I KNEW (1954) Sophie Maslow, Samuel Matlovsky Reconstructed by Abigail Blatt, Lynn Frielinghaus, Deborah Zall
performers: Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch and Kenneth Topping

GEORGE SAND (excerpt)
Deborah Zall/Chopin
Text adapted by Mary Humphrey Baldridge
The joy of love is but a moment, then despair of love.

performer: Sandra Kaufmann

Deborah Zall/Robert H. Waldman
Inspired by F. Garcia Lorca's La Casa de Bernarda Alba

performers: Lauren Newman, Caterina Rago

Deborah Zall/Stephen Weinstock
Inspired by Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie
The mirror has one truth.

performer: Erica Dankmeyer

Deborah Zall/Eugene Lester
Inspired by the work of Edna St. Vincent Millay

dancer: Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch
poem spoken by Jennifer Conley

Deborah Zall/Arnold Schoenberg
Inspired by Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night

performer: Nya Bowman

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DEBORAH ZALL's career as an independent solo artist, specializing in dramatic portrayals of women, has taken her around the world, performing at the Edinburgh Festival, Cannes Festival and Biennial de la Danse in France, Contempo Tanz in Guatemala, the South Bank Center and The Place in London, and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, to name a few. In addition to her own choreography, her repertory includes works created especially for her by Jane Dudley, Stuart Hodes, Igal Perry and Eleo Pomare. Her unique talents prompted several renowned choreographers to reconstruct solo works for her, including Ruth St. Denis's Incense, Brahms-Liebestraum, Gold Madonna (reconstructed by Jane Sherman); Jane Dudley's The Lonely Ones; Sophie Maslow's The Village I Knew; Anna Sokolow's Kaddish; Ethel Winter's En Dolor, Yuriko's The Cry, and Proverbs by Jane Dudley, created especially for Ms. Zall and Bertram Ross. Zall has created works for the Los Angeles Ballet, made possible by a grant from the NEA; the Arkansas Ballet in Little Rock; and the Harkness Dance Players. She restaged Bertram Ross' work Nocturne for the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble and the Ailey/Fordham Dancers, and assisted Yuriko in restaging Steps in the Street. CBS-TV, PBS, and the BBC in London have filmed Ms. Zall's works for telecast, and her Kaddish for Ten Women has been staged and filmed at schools and universities in London. Zall, considered a master teacher of the Graham technique, teaches workshops in the US and internationally, most recently in London at Middlesex University, Laban Centre and The Place. Her mentor and great friend, Bertram Ross, has given her the legacy of his work, and she is making them available for restaging. ;