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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY ON OCT. 21 AT 8PM
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 31, 2011 – Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe,” the Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies on the planet. Since it was formed more than eight decades ago by modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, this revered company has produced groundbreaking works that continue to inspire generations of choreographers and captivate audiences. Celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2011, the Martha Graham Dance Company performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
The program for this performance is “Prelude and Revolt,” a multimedia event that charts the era when Martha Graham revolutionized dance. Using media and narration to connect the live dancing, “Prelude and Revolt” offers a theatrical guided tour of Graham's game-changing innovations. The program begins with the Denishawn solos, a trio of solo works by Denishawn School of Dancing founders Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis, as well as Graham, who studied at the Denishawn School from 1916 to 1924, before ultimately rebelling against the Denishawn technique. Following is Graham’s iconic “Lamentation” from 1930, and “Panorama,” her timeless masterwork from 1935. A riveting call for social activism, “Panorama” will be performed by students from Mason’s School of Dance. The program continues with stunning new work from contemporary choreographers in the “Lamentation Variations” and closes with the beloved classic from 1944, “Appalachian Spring.”
“We so appreciate that the Great Performance Series is giving our dance majors the opportunity to experience and appreciate the history of our art form from such a unique perspective,” said Elizabeth Price, the director of Mason’s School of Dance. “We are looking forward to the residency with company member Denise Vale, senior artistic associate and former principal dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company, and are excited about the upcoming performance.”
Graham founded the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1926 and created 181 works before her death in 1991. Graham and her company have had an extraordinary impact on the vocabulary of movement and forever altered the dance world by rooting works in contemporary social, political, psychological and sexual contexts. She conceived of every new piece in its entirety – dance, costumes and music – and frequently worked with such artists as sculptor Isamu Noguchi; fashion designers Halston, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein; and composers Aaron Copland, Louis Horst and Samuel Barber. Throughout the years, the Martha Graham Dance Company has fostered the development of such leading choreographers and dancers as Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Pearl Lang, Pascal Rioult and Paul Taylor, and has created roles for guest ballet dancers, including Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Since its inception, the company has received international acclaim and performed in prestigious venues worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House, Covent Garden, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at the base of the Great Pyramids in Egypt and in the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
The Martha Graham Dance Company currently consists of 20 dancers and is run by Artistic Director and Martha Graham Dance Company alum Janet Eilber and Executive Director LaRue Allen.
Tickets for MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY are $22, $36, $44. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit cfa.gmu.edu.
About Great Performances at Mason
Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
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