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Published: April 17, 2016
Category: review

90 Years of the Martha Graham Dance Company

By Rachel Straus

The Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th anniversary season (April 14-18) at New York City Center opened with Graham’s Night Journey (1947) and closed with her Cave of the Heart (1946). In between these masterworks, about Greek tragedy heroines, was a world premiere by the experimentalist Marie Chouinard and the last proscenium work []

Published: February 27, 2015
Category: review

Lamentations on the Current House of Graham

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK ­­ The Martha Graham Dance Company’s two­-week season at The Joyce Theater (Feb. 10­22) resembled not so much a dance company with a core set of aesthetic values, but a house divided. On the bottom floor was the imposing modernist Martha Graham (1894­1991) and her masterworks, performed with varying degrees []

Published: April 10, 2014
Category: review

The Martha Graham Company Gets an Update

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK-It’s a safe assumption that Nacho Duato’s Depak lne, which premiered March 20 with the Martha Graham Dance Company, takes its title from Depakine, a drug used to treat bipolar disorder and seizures. In the ballet’s second act, Graham dancer PeiJu Chien-Pott shuddered on the New York City Center stage with []

Published: November 11, 2003
Category: review

A triumphant return for Martha Graham company

By Rachel Straus

One sign of a masterpiece is that it never looks dated. Friday’s performance of “Embattled Garden” by the Martha Graham Dance Company at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College met that standard.

“Garden” is set in an architectural phantasm by designer Isamu Noguchi. Instead of a biblical garden, this eden resembles []