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‘Essential Graham: Classics from the Martha Graham Dance Company’ Brings Visionary’s Choreography to Western Maryland’s FSU
10/22/2007

‘Essential Graham: Classics from the Martha Graham Dance Company’ Brings Visionary’s Choreography to Western Maryland’s FSU
Group to Perform Nov. 12 and 13 at Performing Arts Center

Witness the spirited movement and groundbreaking choreography of one of America’s most visionary artists when “Essential Graham: Classics from the Martha Graham Dance Company” comes to Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series for evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 in FSU’s Drama Theatre. This concert brings some of the most exciting moments in the history of dance to the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland.

Founded in 1926 by American dancer and master choreographer Martha Graham—a seminal artist of the 20th century, alongside Picasso, Stravinsky, James Joyce and Frank Lloyd Wright—the Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies in the world. In this 80th anniversary season repertory, the company will treat audiences to the whole spectrum of Graham’s unique scope and vision, with everything from the power and simplicity of her early solos and all-female group works to the complex drama and virtuosity of her acclaimed masterpieces.

The evening begins with early solo works from Graham’s formative years when she was an artist who burst onto America’s cultural scene with theatrical innovations that revolutionized every area of the arts: “Serenata Morisca” (1916), a sensual “serenade” performed by the favorite of a king or Shah; “Lamentation” (1930), an iconic solo that reflects Graham’s visceral movement style and her pioneering use of fabric and stage design; “Satyric Festival Song” (1932), a witty selection in which Graham mocks her own serious image, exhibiting a new range of emotions; and “Deep Song” (1937), a classic lament that was created in reaction to the oppression of the Spanish Civil War.

The performance continues with “El Penitente,” which features choreography and costumes by Graham, music by Louis Horst and a set by the renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi. This selection, which first debuted in 1940, explores the ancient rites of the American Southwest’s penitents, a sect that believes in purification from sin through severe penance. The concert continues with “Errand Into the Maze,” with choreography and costumes by Graham, music by Gian Carlo Menotti and set by Noguchi. This work first debuted in 1947 and depicts the maze of the heart’s darkness in its battle with the Creature of Fear. Following an intermission, the performance proceeds with “Embattled Garden” (1958), a whimsical story about the Garden of Love and how it is affected by the knowledge of the world outside. “Embattled Garden” features choreography and costumes by Graham, music by Carlos Surinach and set by Noguchi.

Don’t miss this unforgettable opportunity to enjoy some of the art world’s most riveting moments of dance right here in Western Maryland. Tickets are $24 for the general public, $20 for FSU faculty and staff, $18 for children 17 and younger and $10 for FSU students. To purchase tickets or for more information about this performance, call the FSU Cultural Events Box Office at (301) 687-3137 or toll free at 1-866-TIXX-CES, or visit online at ces.frostburg.edu.

This tour of the Martha Graham Dance Company is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces Program.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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