American choreographer Martha Graham’s 1931 masterpiece Primitive Mysteries highlights the Spring Dance Concert program this month at the Anne R. Belk Theater of Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts on the campus of UNC Charlotte.
The Department of Dance in the College of Arts + Architecture will present the Spring 2011 Concert of The UNC Charlotte Dance Ensemble Wednesday, April 13 through Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 PM. The Department of Dance received an “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of the restaging of the work.
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Primitive Mysteries is considered one of Graham’s seminal masterworks and marks the beginning of her recognition as a major artist. The day after its 1931 premier, John Martin, dance critic of The New York Times wrote, “Here is a composition which must be ranked among the choreographic masterpieces of the modern dance movement.” In 1984 Howard Moss wrote in the New York Review of Books, “Primitive Mysteries is a masterpiece that holds its own fifty years after it was created.” Former Martha Graham Company dancers Elizabeth Auclair and Kim Jones will direct the UNC Charlotte restaging. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte.
Also featured on the program is a new work from the Dance.Draw program, a three-year project supported by a National Science Foundation CreativeIT grant. The piece, co-choreographed by faculty member Sybil Huskey and student Melissa Word, combines contemporary dance with innovative motion-capture and digital visualization technology developed in the Department of Software and Information Systems.
The concert will also include original choreography by faculty members Gretchen Alterowitz, E.E. Balcos, and Jean Grotewohl.
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Photo: The Martha Graham Dance Company performing Primitive Mysteries. Pictured at center is Kim Jones, Assistant Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte.