Martha Graham Dance Company

with So Young An, Alessio Crognale, Laurel Dalley Smith, Natasha M. Diamond-Walker, Lloyd Knight, Charlotte Landreau, Jacob Larsen, Lloyd Mayor, Marzia Memoli, Anne O’Donnell, Lorenzo Pagano, Ben Schultz, Anne Souder, Leslie Andrea Williams, Xin Ying


Errand into the Maze

choreography by Martha Graham
music by Gian Carlo Menotti
costumes by Maria Garcia
lighting by Lauren Libretti
Premiere: February 28, 1947, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City

Deo
choreography by Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith
music by Lesley Flanigan
costumes by Karen Young
lighting by Yi-Chung Chen

Lamentation Variations
choreography by Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Nicolas Paul and Larry Keigwin
music by Gustav Mahler, John Dowland and Fryderyk Chopin
costumes by Jennifer O’Donnell
lighting (Pagarlava, Keigwin) by Emmons
lighting (Paul) by Yi-Chung Chen
conceived by Janet Eilber
Premiere: September 11, 2007, Joyce Theater, New York City

Ekstasis
choreography by Martha Graham reimagined by Virginie Mécène
original music by Lehman Engel
music for reimagined “Ekstasis” by Ramon Humet
costumes by Martha Graham
lighting by Nick Hung
Premiere: May 4, 1933, Guild Theatre, New York City
Ekstasis (reimagined): February 14, 2017, The Joyce Theater, New York City

Diversion of Angels
choreography and costumes by Martha Graham
music by Norman Dello Joio
original lighting by Jean Rosenthal
adapted by Beverly Emmons
Premiere: August 13, 1948, Palmer Auditorium, New London, CT


28 years from her death, Martha’s indelible imprint still remains in the Company she founded, which continues to foster her spirit and legacy. For example in Errand into the Maze (1947), from the “mythological” period of the “Lady of Modern Dance”: after the original sets by Noguchi were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, the title was revived in a stripped-down version focusing on choreographic intensity. While the iconic solo of Lamentation is re-read by contemporary authors as a set of personal homages, the thrust of the pelvis Martha experimented with in Ekstasis has now been re-imagined by Virginie Mécène. The brilliant finale features Diversion of Angels, where Martha looked towards the future with a plotless ballet taking its themes from the infinite aspects and expressions of love.