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Great Hall (Directions & Parking)

Orchestra - $75 | Parterre - $55 | Loge - $45 | Balcony $35

Sat., April 18 - 8:00 PM

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Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe,” this groundbreaking and celebrated company is embracing a new vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham, her peers, and their successors as well as newly commissioned works by contemporary artists. 

Program includes a rare staging of Appalachian Spring (1944) set to Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning score. Considered Graham’s great enduring masterwork, Appalachian Spring celebrates its 70th birthday this season. The program also features Lamentation Variations, newly choreographed by three celebrated dance makers: Sonya Tayeh, Kyle Abraham and Larry Keigwin. The works by Tayeh and Abraham are West Coast premiers following their debut at the Joyce Theater in New York. Tayeh is best known to television audiences for her choreography for So You Think You Can Dance.

Program

Appalachian Spring
Lamentation Variations*

Intermission

Errand
Echo – Foniadakis

*LAMENTATION VARIATIONS (2007)
Lamentation Variations is an ongoing creative project for the Company. It was originally conceived to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 and premiered on that date in 2007. The work opens with a film from the early 1930s of Martha Graham. We see her dancing movements from her then new, and now iconic, solo, Lamentation. The variations that follow were developed under specific creative conditions. Each choreographer was asked to create a spontaneous choreographic sketch of their reaction to the Graham film, and was required to adhere to the following conditions: 10 hours of rehearsal, public domain music or silence, basic costumes and lighting design. Though it was planned to be performed on only one occasion, the audience reception for Lamentation Variations was such that it has been added to the permanent repertory of the Martha Graham Dance Company and new variations have been commissioned. The current repertory includes variations by choreographers Kyle Abraham, Aszure Barton, Michelle Dorrance, Liz Gerring, Larry Keigwin, Lar Lubovitch, Richard Move Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Yvonne Rainer, Sonya Tayeh, and Doug Varone.

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NEFA The presentation of Martha Graham Dance Company was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' 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.

Classroom in the Courtyard: Pre-Concert Lecture


Debra Levine, dance critic

"Our" Martha Graham: The great Graham's impressionable early years in Southern California

Saturday, April 18th in the Courtyard Theater from 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM

Los Angeles dance writer Debra Levine celebrates 30 years of arts journalism in 2014. Debra’s criticism and feature articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, La Opinion, Huffington Post, Long Beach Press Telegram, South China Morning Post and Dance Magazine. Debra is editor/publisher of arts•meme, the fine arts blog she founded in 2008.

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Art Gallery Exhibit

Past-Future-Perfect: The 20th Century Influences of Martha Graham and Barbara Morgan

March 12 - May 15

Valley Performing Arts Center’s special celebration of the 70th anniversary of Martha Graham Dance Company’s American classic Appalachian Spring includes a rare exhibit of vintage photographs by Graham’s collaborator and friend Barbara Morgan. A 20th century innovator and revolutionary dance photographer, Morgan captured the illusive quality of dance. The exhibition conceived by Bonnie Oda Homsey, a former Graham dancer and founder of the Los Angeles Dance Foundation, visually conveys the formidable spheres of artistic innovation by Martha Graham and Barbara Morgan. Past-Future-Perfect marks only the second time LADF’s collection has been seen in California. The Company’s Los Angeles premiere on April 18th holds particular signicance for VPAC’s Executive Director Thor Steingraber who is bringing the rst art exhibit linked to a live performance at the venue, and for Graham Company Artistic Director Janet Eilber who is delighted to share a program at the center that includes new commissioned works with Graham legacy classics like Appalachian Spring. The repertoire also features Echo, Errand into the Maze and Lamentation Variations, showcasing contemporary choreographers Kyle Abraham, Larry Keigwin and Sonya Tayeh.

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Photograph of Martha Graham (1940) by Barbara Morgan from the collection of Los Angeles Dance Foundation.

Curated by Bonnie Oda Homsey from the Barbara Morgan collection, as gifted to Los Angeles Dance Foundation.