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Founded in 1926 by pioneering choreographer Martha Graham, this modern dance company is one of the oldest and most celebrated in America. Graham’s innovative body of work stands alongside that of Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, George Balanchine, and Coco Chanel as a pillar of 20th-century Modernism. Her company has performed all over the world, including at the base of the Great Pyramids and in the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre on the Acropolis. The Martha Graham Dance Company has nurtured many choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Merce Cunningham, Pearl Lang, Paul Taylor, Pascal Rioult, and U-M’s Peter Sparling, whose film montage opens Friday’s program. The Saturday evening performance brings back the work of Robert Wilson (Einstein on the Beach), who created a magical evocation of Graham as an artist, using abstract forms and movements to recall the American images that gave meaning to her work and her life.
Appalachian Spring (1944)
Choreography: Martha Graham, Music: Aaron Copland, Décor: Isamu Nogichi
Snow on the Mesa (1995)
Décor and Direction: Robert Wilson