The Martha Graham Company returns to The Joyce bringing three diverse programs collected under the season theme Sacred/Profane. Classic works by Martha Graham and works by four contemporary choreographers will be viewed through this lens highlighting the mystical, spiritual and humorous aspects of magical thinking.
Graham masterworks this season include selections from Dark Meadow, which evoke the eternal search for connection; Primitive Mysteries, reflecting the purity found in the virgin myths of the Southwest; and Clytemnestra Act II, with its ancient saga of family tragedy on a mythic scale. The Graham favorites Diversion of Angels and Maple Leaf Rag round out the line up.
The engagement also features Rust, by Nacho Duato, and Woodland, by Pontus Lidberg, both created for the Company in recent years. And we’ll premiere a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who draws on Sufi mysticism to create a piece set to traditional Middle Eastern music, and another by Annie-B Parson, inspired by Graham’s Punch and the Judy and exploring the domestic rough-and-tumble of that street theater classic.
Curtain Chat: Wed, Feb 22
Program A – Feb 14 at 7:30 pm; Feb 16 at 8 pm; Feb 19 at 7:30 pm; Feb 24 at 8 pm; Feb 26 at 2 pm
Dark Meadow Suite; Woodland; World Premiere of New Work by Annie-B Parson; Maple Leaf Rag
Note: There are strobe lights used in Program A.
Program B – Feb 17, 18 at 8 pm; Feb 21 at 7:30 pm; Feb 23 at 8 pm; Feb 25 at 2 pm
Primitive Mysteries; Rust; World Premiere of New Work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Diversion of Angels
Program C – Feb 19 at 2 pm; Feb 22 at 7:30 pm; Feb 25 at 8 pm; Feb 26 at 7:30 pm
Clytemnestra Act 2; World Premiere of New Work by Annie-B Parson; World Premiere of New Work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Maple Leaf Rag
Program A: 2 hr
Program B: 1 hr 50 mins
Program C: 2 hrs
Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.