Spotlight: The Martha Graham Dance Company

Spotlight: The Martha Graham Dance Company

Date Published:
Monday, December 17, 2012

On January 18, 2013, the College of Arts + Architecture will present the Martha Graham Dance Company, one of the most revered dance companies in the world and a vessel for the ground-breaking 20th-century choreography of Modern Dance pioneer Martha Graham. The Graham Company has not performed in Charlotte in more than 30 years.

The College of Arts + Architecture seeks to present to the community distinctive and high-profile cultural programming of exceptional quality that reflects particular expertise and research activities within the College. This presentation is rooted in the expertise and research of Assistant Professor of Dance Kim Jones, a former Martha Graham Company dancer.

The program features Appalachian Spring (1944), Graham’s most famous piece, with the original set by Isamu Noguchi and a live performance of Aaron Copland’s beloved score. Additional highlights include the premiere of a lost Graham work, Imperial Gesture (1935), reanimated by Kim Jones, and Panorama (1935), performed by a 33-member ensemble of dancers from the University (current and alumni) and across the broad spectrum of the dance community. These dancers were chosen through professional audition and have been trained by Professor Jones throughout the four months leading up to the January performance.

The performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company is supported in part by Wells Fargo Private Bank, with media partners WDAV and WFAE. The reanimation of Imperial Gesture has been funded through a UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant.

The January 18 performance will take place at the Knight Theater, Levine Center for the Arts, at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $35 and $45.

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