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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Martha Graham Dance Company Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at 8 p.m.

October 9, 2014
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Martha Graham Dance Company

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 9, 2014 – Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe,” Martha Graham Dance Company is committed to preserving the legacy of its preeminent founder, Martha Graham, whose timeless and uniquely American style of dance has influenced generations of artists. This venerated company returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. to perform a program featuring several marvelous works of contemporary dance by this pioneering choreographer. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

In honor of the 70th anniversary of Graham’s groundbreaking 1944 work "Appalachian Spring," the company performs “Appalachian Spring Suite,” featuring a narration from letters between Graham and composer Aaron Copland, offering audiences unique insight into the creative process between these two geniuses; 1946’s “Cave of the Heart,” an abstract reimagining of the tragic Greek myth of Medea; and 2007’s “Lamentation Variations,” featuring dances inspired by Graham’s iconic work “Lamentation.” The program also features a new work titled “Echo,” by Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis.

Martha Graham founded her legendary company in 1926 and created 181 works before her death in 1991. She changed and shaped the dance landscape by rooting her groundbreaking works in contemporary social, political, psychological and sexual contexts, and creating a technique that explored the full expressive potential of the human body. Graham conceived each dance in its entirety, from the choreography to the costumes and sets to the music, and collaborated with such diverse artists as sculptor Isamu Noguchi; fashion designers Halston, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein; and composers Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. Graham influenced generations of young choreographers and dancers, including Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp. Since its inception, the company has received international acclaim and performed in prestigious venues worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Paris Opera House, Covent Garden, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, at the base of the Great Pyramids in Egypt and in the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Under the guidance of Artistic Director and Martha Graham Dance Company alum Janet Eilber and Executive Director LaRue Allen, the company continues to preserve its founder’s legacy by presenting works by Graham and her contemporaries, often using multimedia programming to give audiences a better context, while also presenting new commissioned works that bring fresh perspectives to classic works.



Program subject to change.


This engagement of Martha Graham Dance Company is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This presentation of Martha Graham Dance Company is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.



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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, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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