<img src="http://www.ballet-dance.com/200310/mgdcgallery/images/medea.jpg" alt="" /> MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS 2005 NEW YORK SEASON, APRIL 6-17, 2005
MAJOR COLLABORATIONS HIGHLIGHT THE NEW SEASON WITH A WORLD PREMIERE BY MARTHA CLARKE AND COSTUMES BY OSCAR DE LA RENTA
The Martha Graham Dance Company will return to New York City Center’s Mainstage Theater to present its 2005 New York Season, April 6-17, 2005, with a major world premiere by Martha Clarke. The repertory also includes revivals of Primitive Mysteries (1931) and Deaths and Entrances (1943). Oscar de la Renta is designing new costumes for Deaths and Entrances. Every performance will feature live music, highlighting commissions of music by important composers that are a hallmark of Martha Graham’s rich legacy.
Martha Clarke noted choreographer and theater artist will bring to life the theatrical imagery inspired by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya in a world premiere. This is the first commission by the Company’s Artistic Directors Terese Capucilli and Christine Dakin. The dance will also feature a commissioned score from Italian composer Franco Piersanti — the Company’s first new score since 1978, reviving Martha Graham’s long tradition of working with commissioned music. Artistic collaborators include lighting designer Chris Akerlind, costume designer Donna Zakowski and scenic designer Roberto Hernandez.
Said Martha Clarke, "I am thrilled to be invited by Artistic Directors Christine Dakin and Terese Capucilli to create a new work for the Martha Graham Dance Company. I have loved Francisco Goya's etchings "Los Caprichos" for many years; they possess a remarkable range of emotion and commentary that are universal and timeless. Their haunting themes present the potential for the heightened theatricality associated with Graham's own unique and extraordinary work. It is an honor to be given the opportunity to contribute to the Company's next steps into the future" Enigmatic, controversial and harrowing, Francisco Goya’s “Los Caprichos” were published in 1799 at a time of social repression and economic crisis in Spain. The series of 80 etchings deals with themes such as the Spanish inquisition, abuses of the church and nobility, witchcraft, prostitution and animals acting like humans.
Ms. Capucilli and Ms. Dakin commented, “Like Martha Graham, Martha Clarke is known for her unique theatrical sensibility which brings together a diversity of the finest artists, for a fusion that expands the potential for creating unique new work which blends extreme physical and dramatic elements. We are committed to exploring the theatrical elements of Martha Graham's work and continuing her tradition of artistic collaborations. Working with Martha Clarke will challenge our extraordinary dancers' dramatic and technical abilities as they create this new theatre/dance work. It will enrich their performance of the Graham repertory and bring our audiences an exciting new theatrical experience in the Graham aesthetic.”
The Company’s 24 dancers will perform classics of Martha Graham’s masterworks from the early 1930’s through the late 1950’s, such as Sketches from Chronicle (1936), El Penitente (1940), Appalachian Spring (1944), Cave of the Heart (1946), Errand Into the Maze (1947) and Embattled Garden (1958). A 26-member orchestra will perform music for the repertory commissioned by Martha Graham from renowned composers Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Hunter Johnson, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Martha Graham’s mentor Louis Horst.
For the revival of Deaths and Entrances, a wrenching drama of desire and repression, Oscar de la Renta is re-conceiving Martha Graham’s original 1940’s costumes for a dance inspired by the 19th century lives of the Bronte sisters. According to Christine Dakin, Terese Capucilli, “Our invitation to him follows Graham's tradition of collaboration with brilliant contemporaneous artists. Re-imagining the original costumes, Oscar de la Renta's talent for dramatic yet human design, will draw the 1840's lives of the Brontë sisters through the lens of Graham's 1940's creation of the characters, into beautiful present life."
Primitive Mysteries is a tour de force of ecstatic revelation, and this revival will feature a new edition of the score prepared by Music Director Aaron Sherber, who worked from a Horst manuscript to restore musical details that have been missing from this piece for 40 years.
Five dances – Appalachian Spring, Errand into the Maze, Embattled Garden, Cave of the Heart and Sketches from Chronicle – feature sets by sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who worked with Martha Graham in one of the most legendary artistic collaborations of the twentieth century. The fruits of their partnership will be featured in an exhibition, Noguchi and Graham: Selected Works for Dance, at The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, opening December 2, 2004, running concurrent with the 2005 New York Season and through May 1, 2005.
Vogue’s Editor-at-Large André Leon Talley, who, after performing as a guest artist with the Company last year, has taken on a new role as Chairman of the Martha Graham Dance Company Committee, which develops projects to support the Company and its special events. The gala opening of the New York Season on April 6, 2005, promises to be as spectacular as last year’s celebration. To purchase tickets to the gala, please contact Joan Morgan or Amanda Martignetti at 212-921-9070 or e-mail email@example.com
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NEW YORK 2005 SEASON PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
On the schedule below, please note that there are earlier curtain times on weekdays and for the Sunday evening performance. Both matinees on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17 are at 2:00PM.
Errand into the Maze
World Premiere (Martha Clarke)
Sketches from Chronicle
Cave of the Heart
Primitive Mysteries (revival)
Deaths and Entrances (revival)
Sketches from Chronicle
PROGRAM D (Family Matinee)
Errand into the Maze
Wed, April Opening / Gala :: Program A :: Curtain at 7:00PM
Thu, April 7 :: Program B :: Curtain at 7:30PM
Fri, April 8 :: Program C :: Curtain at 8:00PM
Sat, April 9 :: Program A :: Curtain at 8:00PM
Tue, April 12 (Pre-performance talk with Martha Clarke) :: Program A :: Curtain at 7:30PM
Wed, April 13 :: Program B :: Curtain at 7:30PM
Thu, April 14 :: Program C :: Curtain at 7:30PM
Fri, April 15 :: Program B :: Curtain at 8:00PM
Sat, April 16 Post-performance talk Meet the Dancers :: Program D :: Curtain at 2:00PM
Sat, April 16 :: Program A :: Curtain at 8:00PM
Sun, April 17 :: Program B :: Curtain at 2:00PM
Sun, April 17 :: Program A :: Curtain at 7:00PM
For performance tickets, contact CityTix® at 212-581-1212, www.nycitycenter.org
or the New York City Center Box Office on West 55 Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Ticket prices range from $24 to $80, with a 15% discount for two or more performances.
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