Program A: “Dark Meadow Suite,” “Ekstasis,” “Woodland,” “I used to love you,” “Maple Leaf Rag”
Martha Graham Dance Company
New York, NY
February 14, 2017
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2017 by Martha Sherman
As revolu- tionary as she was from the 1930s through much of the 20th C., Martha Graham’s stylized oeuvre might now come off as a dance dinosaur. Under the direction of Artistic Director Janet Eilber, though, this offering by the Martha Graham Company dodges every bullet. In the first of three mixed evenings at the Joyce Theater, the company offered a dramatic, beautifully danced program of Graham classics mixed with new works by well-chosen current choreographers to show off the discipline, intelligence, and flexibility of a troupe Graham would still be proud of, in work that still has something to say.
PeiJu Chien-Pott in Martha Graham’s “Ekstasis” reimagined by Virgine Mécène. Photo © Brigid Pierce.