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 Post subject: Re: Martha Graham Dance Company 2004-5
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 11:37 am 
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"SECOND SUNDAYS" PROGRAM
CONTINUES EXPLORATION OF NOGUCHI AND GRAHAM COLLABORATION

ON APRIL 10

WHAT: The Noguchi Museum continues the public-programming series "Second Sundays." This season's programs explore the relationship of the visual and performing arts, in honor of the Museum's current exhibition, Noguchi and Graham: Selected Works for Dance.

The fourth program will comprise a talk by Bonnie Rychlak, Noguchi Museum curator and director of collections. Ms Rychlak will discuss the curatorial concept behind the exhibition Noguchi and Graham: Selected Works for Dance and the relationship between the artist's studio work and that created for the stage. The program will conclude with a Q & A with the audience.


WHEN: Sunday, April 10, 2005, at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, New York

ADMISSION: Free with Museum admission
Adults $5; seniors and students $2.50; children under 12 admitted free

SHUTTLE BUS: Weekend shuttle-bus service is available between Manhattan
and the Museum.
Information: 718-204-7088, or www.noguchi.org.


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 Post subject: Re: Martha Graham Dance Company 2004-5
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 5:22 am 
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Inspired by Graham and Goya, a Troupe Returns
by JOHN ROCKWELL for the New York Times

But the real news turned out to be the glowing good health of the company in classics by Graham. They can sometimes look a little dated, with their expressionist writhings and tortured contractions. But they aren't dead yet, not by any means.

Published: April 6, 2005
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 Post subject: Re: Martha Graham Dance Company 2004-5
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Power and strength in Graham's early works
by SUSAN REITER for the New York Newsdays

"Sueño" may well be an empowering, revelatory experience for the dancers, directed by Clarke to chatter in various languages and cackle fiercely. But its murky imagery, presented mostly in near-darkness, conceals more than it reveals to the audience.

published: April 12, 2005
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Martha Graham Dance Company City Center, New York
by HILARY OSTLERE for the Financial Times

There's no story per se, just a maelstrom of whirling movement mixing prostitutes, soldiers, a bullfighter, peasants and assorted low life. The image of rape runs throughout.

published: April 12, 2005
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I enjoy Hilary Ostlere's reviews, but nobody's perfect:

"...a newly reconstructed Sketches From Chronicle..."

The reconstruction of "Sketches" dates from 1994.


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Graham Lives!
Heroes encounter fears and lusts both within and without
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice

... onetime Graham dancer Stuart Hodes asked if I could remember ever seeing a better performance of Errand Into the Maze. I couldn't, nor could he, and he'd seen the duet with its original 1947 cast: Graham and Mark Ryder.

published: April 12, 2005
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KEEPING GRAHAM GOING
By Tobi Tobias for Arts Journal

The trouble with Martha Graham is that, alive or dead, the lady can’t be relied on. She is, indisputably, one of the key choreographers in the history of Western dance. The Martha Graham Dance Company’s current City Center season, restricting itself almost entirely to carefully shaped productions of masterpieces like Primitive Mysteries, Appalachian Spring, and Errand Into the Maze, proves this point anew. However, more often than not, the work of the last third of Graham’s long career was inflated and vague, almost to the point of self-parody, and thus hardly worth conserving in the active repertory.

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Energizing the Life and Art of Graham
by JACK ANDERSON for the new York Times

This "Chronicle" was especially memorable for Fang-Yi Sheu's dancing in the first and final scenes. Her wide gestures of lamentation at the start of the piece made her a visionary beholding the calamities of all ages past and all times to come. Before the work ended, she had become a heroic militant.

published: April 16, 2005
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In Jack Anderson's review, the image of Fang-Yi Sheu has an astonishing sculptural qaulity.

Skimming back through the 2005 reviews to date, they seem more positive than the early ones for the reborn Company. That is what you would expect as the two AD's, Dakin and Capucilli, take the dancers and the rep forward after the hiatus.

Nevertheless, the Graham heritage is SO valuable and the MGDC's interpretations SO important, especially as Cunningham and Release classes dominate the modern/contemporary dance training scene, that it is a relief to read of increasing strength in this marvellous Company.

Can't wait for the next visit to London.

<small>[ 17 April 2005, 12:11 PM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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From Marcia Siegel in the Boston Phoenix: http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/arts/dance/documents/04616363.asp
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Classics in rehab - Martha Graham in New York
Nearly 15 years after Martha Graham’s death in 1991, her company is beginning to reconstitute the style and the repertory that established the choreographer as a prime force in 20th-century dance. The two-week season at City Center that ended Sunday exhibited some positive signs, but the Martha Graham of the future is still a work in progress.


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(Cross posted with Jacob's Pillow thread)

From Christine Temin in the Boston Globe:
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Graham troupe explores its roots
.... The current Graham troupe is performing at Jacob’s Pillow this week, and the big question is, how does this group that has suffered so much offstage look when it gets back on?

Like other companies that outlive their founders, they look reverent and cautious at times. But there are also moments when they’re triumphant, especially in the case of Alessandra Prosperi and Christophe Jeannot in Graham’s 1947 “Errand into the Maze.”

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History on the Move
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice

The highlight of the program was the great 1947 duet Errand Into the Maze, in which a woman battles her own fears, represented by a horned male figure, and triumphs. Christophe Jeannot makes the creature into a potent, subtly erotic adversary, and Alessandra Prosperi gives a sensitive, strong performance.

published: July 12th, 2005
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From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:
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Company does Graham greats
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This weekend the Bank of America Celebrity Series brings the Graham Company to the Shubert Theatre for a program Artistic Director Janet Eilber calls “Graham’s greatest hits.” It includes “Diversion of Angels,” “Errand into the Maze,” sketches from Graham’s powerful 1936 “Chronicle” (a personal response to the tragedy of war danced by an ensemble of women) and her ever-popular “Appalachian Spring.”

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From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:
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‘Greatest hits’ wow Martha Graham fans
What better way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Martha Graham Dance Company than with a program of four of the best dances made in America in the 20th century. Company artistic director Janet Eilber calls it Graham’s “greatest hits.” These dances are even more than that - they’re simply sublime. Viewers left the Shubert Theatre Friday night remarking to each other, “incredible!”

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From Marcia Siegel in the Boston Phoenix:
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Retrievals
Martha Graham at the Shubert

The Martha Graham company is still looking for economic stability after its long battle to recover the rights to Graham’s dances. Under its new director, Janet Eilber, it gave three performances last weekend at the Shubert Theatre as part of the Bank of America Celebrity Series. The program was choice, four works in different styles, all choreographed between 1936 and 1948.

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