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 Post subject: MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY @ Jacob’s Pillow
PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 10:55 am 

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Fang-yi Sheu and LAFA & Artists performing at Jacob’s Pillow this summer

Press Conference Announcement Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 1pm-2:30pm
Prior to NYC engagement the following week
The Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest and most celebrated
contemporary dance company in America, will play a special part in the press
conference announcement on Thursday, May 7th 2009 at 1:00 pm -2:30 pm at 1 East
42nd Street in the Lobby. Artistic Director Janet Eilber along with Mary
Hsu, Director of Taipei Cultural Center and Ella Baff, Executive Director of
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival will join Ms. Fang-yi Sheu, Co-founder &
Artistic Director of LAFA & Artists and Mr. Bulareyuang Pagarlava, Artistic
Director & Choreographer of LAFA & Artists for the announcement. There will
be a short screening of footage from “Clytemnestra, that stars Fang-yi
that will be followed by a Q & A. This is prior to the Martha Graham Dance
Company special New York City engagement the following week.
Paul Szilard Productions, Inc. in association with ATTRACT Productions
(Greece) is presenting the Martha Graham Dance Company at the Skirball Center
for the Performing Arts at NYU, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square
South, Tuesday, May 12th – Saturday, May 16th. The acclaimed company is
performing two programs of Grahams’ classics and on Thursday, May 14th is a Gala
honoring international impresario Paul Szilard. (guests & program tba).
Mr. Szilard and BB Promotion, presented the company last week in a triumph
SRO Paris engagement at the historic Théâtre du Châtelet.
Program A (5/12; 15; 16 eve): Clytemnestra. This classic tale of love,
betrayal and murder at the time of the Trojan War is reimagined by Graham
through the eyes of Agamemnon’s queen, the all-powerful Clytemnestra. The
full-length Clytemnestra, is a landmark work not seen in its entirety in
decades. Recently reconstructed for the company's 50th anniversary, it's
believed by many to be Graham's finest dance-drama built on Greek mythology and
the Greek tragedies. Fang-yi Sheu to dance the lead.
Program B (5/13; 16 mat): Diverse repertory: “Sketches from Chronicle”
Errand Into The Maze; Maple Leaf Rag and Lamentation Variations
(Choreography by Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin and Richard Move Conceived by Janet
Eilber). All programming subject to change
Founded in 1926 by dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, the Martha
Graham Dance Company (Janet Eilber, Artistic Director; LaRue Allen, Executive
Director) is the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance company in
America. Since its inception, the Company has received international acclaim
from audiences in over 50 countries throughout the world. Martha Graham
choreographed 181 works in her lifetime. Though Martha Graham herself is the
best-known alumna of her company, having danced from the Company's
inception until the late 1960's, the Company has provided a training ground for
some of modern dance's most illustrious performers and choreographers
including: Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Pearl Lang, Elisa Monte, Paul Taylor,
Glen Tetley, and Pascal Rioult. Among celebrities who have joined the
Company in performance are Mikhail Baryshnikov, Claire Bloom, Margot Fonteyn,
Liza Minnelli, Rudolf Nureyev, Maya Plisetskaya, and Kathleen Turner. The
Martha Graham Dance Company has commissioned works from Twyla Tharp, Robert
Wilson, Susan Stroman, Lucinda Childs, and Maurice Béjart.
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A former leading dancer, Paul Szilard has performed throughout the worlds.
As a world-renowned impresario, he has presented such prestigious dance
companies as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (the exclusive
international representative for over 37 years), New York City Ballet, American
Ballet Theater to name a few. He produced / presented the Bavarian National
Ballet of the Munich State Opera; American Ballet Theater; the Alvin Ailey
company. Some of the internationally acclaimed artists presented by Mr.
Szilard include Mikhail Baryshnikov, Eric Bruhn, Patrick Dupond, Judith
Jamison, John Taras, Violette Verdy, Donna Wood and many others. Mr. Szilard
produced the first Japanese tour of “West Side Story” with an American cast
rehearsed by Jerome Robbins. It was the first English language Broadway show
from New York to appear there. His acclaimed autobiography, Under My
Wings: My Life as an Impresario, was published in 2002.

NYC Performances: Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm; Friday & Saturday 8:00pm;
Saturday 2:00pm matinee and the Gala on Thursday (5/14) at 7:00pm honoring
Paul Szilard. Regular tickets are $35 - $65 and are available through the
Skirball Box Office (212) 352-3101 (Tues.–Sat. 12pm – 6pm) and online at

Press Representative: KPM Associates / Kevin P. McAnarney (212) 581-3836
phone & fax
301 West 45th Street Suite # 9 - D New York, NY 10036

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