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Monday Muse : Martha Graham

"You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost. " - Martha Graham


The photographs of Martha Graham have always inspired me to stay connected to my own creative spirit. The photo above may be the most famous photograph ever taken of an American dancer. It is a 1940 image by Barbara Morgan taken of Martha Graham in the ballet Letter to the World.

And now, by creating this blog, she has inspired me to plan ahead and get tickets for all three performances in February 2015. I have lived in NYC for years and have not seen a Martha Graham Dance Company performance! This season's offering seems to be a perfect fit for me, as the sets are designed by another muse of mine, Isamu Noguchi.


Take a look below to see what the 2015 New York season brings!

The Company’s two-week season at The Joyce 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 pays tribute to Graham’s defining influence as an American Modernist with Shape&Design, a program highlighting the sculptural and architectural aspects of choreography by Graham and others.


Program A: Feb 11, 15 at 7:30pm; Feb 12, 20-21 at 8pm; Feb 22 at 2pm – Satyric Festival Song,Embattled Garden, Lamentation Variations, Rust,Chronicle

Program B: Feb 17, 22 at 7:30pm; Feb 13-14, 19 at 8pm – Lamentation Variations, Errand Into the Maze,The Snow Falls in the Winter, Echo. Each B Program will open with Essential Shape&Design: Deep Songand Panorama (Feb 13), Frontier and “Steps in the Street” (Feb 14, 17), and Deep Song and Primitive Mysteries (Feb 19, 22)

Program C: Feb 15, 21 at 2pm; Feb 18 at 7:30pm –Lamentation, Embattled Garden, At Summer’s Full,Errand Into the Maze, Diversion of Angels

Panorama and Chronicle, Graham classics that set the standard for geometric force, are featured, along with Embattled Garden and Errand into the Maze, masterworks with evocative sets by Isamu Noguchi. Shape&Design includes recent works by renowned choreographers Nacho Duato, Andonis Foniadakis, and Annie-B Parson. The company celebrates the 85th anniversary of Graham’s iconic solo Lamentation with the world premiere of four new Lamentation Variations, choreographed by Kyle Abraham, Michelle Dorrance, Liz Gerring, and Sonya Tayeh.


1 comment

  • Rachel

    Thank you for sharing! I am definitely going to try to go

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