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Martha Graham Dance Company

 

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effects of a series of expensive lawsuits over the rights to her repertoire. As the company marks its eightieth anniversary, the University Musical Society presents two opportunities to experience Graham's enduring legacy firsthand.

To dramatize Graham's revolutionary break with the first generation of modern choreographers, the company begins the first evening (Friday, October 13, at Hill Auditorium) with a suite of dances leading up to and including Graham. For example, Ruth St. Denis, one of the founders of Denishawn, the pioneering Los Angeles dance school that Graham attended, traded on a decorative and filmy "exoticism" based on the era's fascination with the East. Compare that with Graham's Lamentation (1930), a visceral examination of grief performed entirely in an elastic shroud of fabric. It's a profoundly different vision. And a radically personal one.

For Appalachian Spring (1944), a Graham classic to be performed on Saturday, October 14 (also at Hill), Aaron Copland provided the commissioned score, and sculptor Isamu Noguchi designed the spare and geometric "indication of a set." Graham herself came up with the title of the piece, taking it from a poem by Hart Crane. She originally danced it with Erick Hawkins, her great love at the time. Like a distilled Georgia O'Keeffe landscape, Appalachian Spring brims with light, space, and energy. It is a joyous sketch of a young homesteading couple and their encounters with an itinerant preacher, his followers, and a frontier woman. The uncomplicated steps — vertical leaps and charming jigs — mirror Copland's familiar yet majestic folk themes.

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