Martha Graham Dance Company

A Celebration of Women in Dance

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Alice Jepson Theatre

Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe,” Martha Graham Dance Company has been a leader in dance since its inception in 1926. One of the most celebrated contemporary dance companies in America, Martha Graham Dance Company created and continues to embody a timeless and unique style of dance that has influenced generations of artists and captivated audiences worldwide.

This program will celebrate both women choreographers and the many different aspects of being a woman. The Martha Graham classics will include Diversion of Angels, Errand into the Maze, and the celebrated Appalachian Spring, with the Pulitzer-Prize winning score by Aaron Copland. “Of all my ballets, Appalachian Spring is the one I cherish the most,” wrote the revolutionary choreographer Martha Graham in 1987. “Aaron Copland wrote the music for me and first called it ‘Ballet for Martha.’” Both American artists wereinnovators: Copland developed a new musical language to illustrate the American experience while Graham has been described as the “mother of modern dance.” Diversion of Angels from 1948 is a lyrical and joyous ode to the many different qualities of women in love. Errand into the Maze is inspired by the myth of Theseus, who traveled into the labyrinth to confront the Minotaur. This psychological duet sends a woman on the mission. The creature she battles may represent her own fears.

In addition to these Graham masterworks, the Company will present the Lamentation Variations. These are three short contemporary works by some of today’s top women choreographers: Liz Gerring, Sonya Tayeh and Aszure Barton. Each dance is inspired by Graham’s iconic solo, Lamentation, and the audience will see a film of Graham herself dancing that groundbreaking work. 

Join the Modlin Center for Modlin Arts After Words, a post-show question-and-answer session with members of Martha Graham Dance Company and moderated by theater and dance faculty Johann Stegmeir and Anne Van Gelder.

Martha Graham: A Legacy of the New
Thursday, September 22 l 10:30 - 11:45AM, Cousins Studio Theatre

This conversation with Artistic Director Janet Eilber, led by UR dance faculty Anne Van Gelder, will focus on Martha Graham’s legacy of creativity and how today’s Graham Company is taking that legacy into the future. Free and open to the public.


Concessions will be sold in the Booth Lobby from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.

Ticket Information
Modlin Center Subscriber (Purchase 4+ Performances): $36
Adult: $45 UR Student: $10
Senior (62+): $40 UR Employee: $38
Child (0-12): $22 Group (20+): $40

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