This week Paul Szilard Productions, Inc. in association with ATTRAct Productions (Greece) is presenting the Martha Graham Dance Company in a special New York City engagement 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 there will be a special Gala honoring international impresario Paul Szilard.
Program A (5/12; 5/15; 5/16 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 great Greek tragedies. Fang-yi Sheu to dance the lead.
Program B (5/13; 5/16 mat): A program of 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. http://marthagraham.org/company/