The Martha Graham Dance Company
Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” the Martha Graham Dance Company returns to Meany Hall on their 90th Anniversary Tour. A pioneer of modern dance, Martha Graham stands alongside Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, George Balanchine and Coco Chanel as an icon of 20th-century modernism. She revolutionized dance with her unorthodox movement language and socially charged exploration of spiritual and emotional themes. The company continues to foster Graham’s spirit of ingenuity, inspiring new generations of choreographers and dance lovers. Program to include Nacho Duato’s new work, Rust; Lamentation Variations by Kyle Abraham and others; a new work by Marie Chouinard; and Graham's Acts of Light.
Martha Graham and her Company have expanded contemporary dance’s vocabulary of movement and forever altered the scope of the art form by rooting works in contemporary social, political, psychological, and sexual contexts, deepening their impact and resonance.
Always a fertile ground for experimentation, Martha Graham Dance Company has been an unparalleled resource in nurturing many of the leading choreographers and dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Pearl Lang, Pascal Rioult, and Paul Taylor. Graham’s repertoire of 181 works has also engaged noted performers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Claire Bloom, Margot Fonteyn, Liza Minnelli, Rudolf Nureyev, Maya Plisetskaya, and Kathleen Turner. Her groundbreaking techniques and unmistakable style have earned the Company acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Today, the Company continues to foster Graham’s spirit of ingenuity. It is embracing a new programming vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham, her contemporaries, and their successors alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists inspired by Graham’s legacy. With programs that unite the work of choreographers across time within a rich historical and thematic narrative, the Company is actively working to create new platforms for contemporary dance and multiple points of access for audiences.