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The Martha Graham Dance Company announces the 2019–20 season of its popular “Studio Series,” which offers audiences a behind-the-scenes look at the work of the Company. The events in the “Studio Series” revolve around “The EVE Project,” the Company’s season theme celebrating female empowerment and the 100th anniversary in 2020 of women’s right to vote.
On the slate this season are two “GrahamDeconstructed” programs featuring “Steps in the Street” and “Circe,” and two NEW@Graham programs—one with Troy Schumacher and another with Andrea Miller—providing a look inside the creative process of new works for the Company. The Studio Series also includes a Cunningham and Graham event with technique demonstrations, a special Graham 2 holiday event, and the fourth annual NEXT@Graham festival, which showcases the work of the next generation of choreographers.
2019–20 Studio Series Schedule
GrahamDeconstructed: Steps in the Street
Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25, 7pm
The Studio Series opens with Steps in the Street (1936), a stark, powerful dance for 12 women from Graham’s antiwar masterwork, Chronicle. For this event, artist SoHyun Bae will create charcoal sketches of the Graham moves, which will be projected so that the audience can experience the collaboration as it happens.
NEW@Graham – New Work by Troy Schumacher
Tuesday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 6, 7pm
Learn about the creative process behind this brand-new work commissioned by Montclair/Peak Performances just one week before its world premiere. The Graham dancers will perform short excerpts of the work and choreographer Troy Schumacher and Peak Performances’ Executive Director Jed Wheeler will discuss the evolution of the collaboration, which includes an original score by Augusta Read Thomas.
Graham 2 Holiday Event
Saturday, December 7, 3pm and 7pm
The Company’s acclaimed junior troupe will perform Graham’s rarely seen The Owl and the Pussycat. The event will feature a full performance of the work including costumes and lighting, and pieces from the set by Ming Cho Lee. At the family matinee there will be crafts, snacks, and family-friendly beverages for the younger set, as well as a chance to try some of the moves from the dance and be photographed with the dancers.