Graham Company Announces Season of In-Person Performances

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Dance|Graham Company Announces Season of In-Person Performances

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The troupe’s schedule includes two engagements in New York, at the Joyce Theater in October and New York City Center next spring.

Jacob Larsen and So Young An in Martha Graham’s “Moon” from “Canticle for Innocent Comedians” at the Martha Graham Studio Theater in May. A new version of “Canticle” that includes Graham’s choreography for “Moon” will debut during the company’s coming season. 
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July 29, 2021, 2:03 p.m. ET

The Martha Graham Dance Company will debut new works by Andrea Miller and Hofesh Shechter in New York in its coming season, the troupe announced Thursday. The first, by Miller, will be performed at the Joyce Theater in the fall. Shechter’s dance will have its premiere in April 2022 as a part of the first City Center Dance Festival.

A third new piece, inspired by Graham’s mostly lost “Canticle for Innocent Comedians,” will receive its premiere at the Soraya performing arts center in Northridge, Calif., in March 2022, and will be performed at City Center’s festival.

While the company performed briefly this spring — it put on a short program at the Guggenheim in April and was on a mixed bill at Kaatsbaan in May — the season opener at the Joyce, Oct. 26-31, will mark its full return live performance. “I’m convinced that the exhilaration of being in the physical presence of our audiences — experiencing that deeply personal and emotional connection with heightened appreciation — will be the unmistakable highlight of this season,” Janet Eilber, the group’s artistic director, said in a statement.

Miller’s dance, as yet untitled, will be performed by eight dancers and set to a soundscore by the composer Will Epstein, with whom she has previously collaborated. Shechter’s work, currently called “Convergence,” will use all the company’s dancers; Daniil Simkin, a principal at American Ballet Theater and the Staatsballett Berlin, will join them at selected performances.

Sonya Tayeh is leading the new version of “Canticle for Innocent Comedians,” from 1952. She will create the work’s prelude, finale, transitions and “Sun,” one of its eight nature-focused vignettes. Micaela Taylor, Yin Yue, Juliano Nunes, Kristina and Sadé Alleyne and Jenn Freeman will make five others. The remaining sections were created by Robert Cohan, a member of the original cast who died in January; and Graham, whose choreography for “Moon” has been preserved. The piece will be set to a score by the jazz pianist Jason Moran.

The Graham season will also include repertory by its founder and inspiration, from “Appalachian Spring,” one of her most best-known works, to “Acts of Light,” which has not been presented in New York since 2007.

In between the two stops in Manhattan, the company will tour: in the United States and in France, Germany and Turkey. After the City Center festival, it will head to Greece in April and China in May.

More information is available at marthagraham.org.

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