LOGAN, UT — The Cache Valley Center for the Arts presents Martha Graham Dance Company on November 12th & 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Ellen Eccles Theatre. For over 80 years, the name Martha Graham has been synonymous with American modern dance. Featuring Utah State University Orchestra MGDC will perform one of Graham’s classic works, Appalachian Spring. This internationally acclaimed company, called “one of the seven wonders of the artistic university” by the Washington Post, celebrates both the past and future of this distinctly American art form. “These two performances breathe new life into some of Martha Graham’s iconic works,” said Wally Bloss, executive director for the Cache Valley Center for the Arts. “We are proud to route this production back to Utah so that more audience members can enjoy the beauty & the grace of dance through the lens of a legacy.”Tickets for this performance can be purchased online at www.EllenEcclesTheatre.org or at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts Ticket Office in the Bullen Center at 43 South Main. For details about the artists, visit www.marthagraham.org. Tickets are $26, $30, $34, & $38 and may be ordered & printed online anytime without any additional fees. CVCA offers a variety of discounts including specials for groups of 15+, children (5-18 years), and USU Students. Select & Save 15% when you buy tickets to any 4 CVCA shows. No discounts will be available on days-of-show.Martha Graham is revered in the world of dance. Over the years she worked with some of the most famous names in the ballet world. Following her death, the Martha Graham Dance Company became one of the strongest dance companies in the world, famous for showcasing fresh talent.Witness the spirited movement and groundbreaking choreography of one of America’s most visionary artists when “Essential Graham: Classics from the Martha Graham Dance Company” comes to Logan’s Cache Valley Center for the Arts presenting series for two evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 in CVCA’s Ellen Eccles Theatre. This concert brings some of the most exciting moments in the history of dance to Northern Utah.Founded in 1926 by American dancer and master choreographer Martha Graham—a seminal artist of the 20th century, alongside Picasso, Stravinsky, James Joyce and Frank Lloyd Wright—the Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies in the world. In this 80th anniversary season repertory, the company will treat audiences to the whole spectrum of Graham’s unique scope and vision, with everything from the power and simplicity of her early solos and all-female group works to the complex drama and virtuosity of her acclaimed masterpieces.The evening starts with early solo works from Graham’s formative years when she was an artist who burst onto America’s cultural scene with theatrical innovations that revolutionized every area of the arts: “Serenata Morisca” (1916), a sensual “serenade” performed by the favorite of a king or Shah; “Lamentation” (1930), an iconic solo that reflects Graham’s visceral movement style and her pioneering use of fabric and stage design, and many more. The concert continues with “Errand Into the Maze,” with choreography and costumes by Graham, music by Gian Carlo Menotti and set by Noguchi. This work first debuted in 1947 and depicts the maze of the heart’s darkness in its battle with the Creature of Fear.After intermission, the performance proceeds with “Appalachian Spring” which features choreography and costumes by Graham, music by Aaron Copland and set by the renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi. This selection, premiered in 1944. This special performance will be accompanied by the Utah State University Orchestra.Don’t miss this unforgettable opportunity to enjoy some of the art world’s most riveting moments of dance right here in Logan, Utah November 12 & 13. Tickets are $26-$38, with a wide variety of discounts for USU students, 50% off kids ages 5-18, & 15% of groups of 15 or more. To purchase tickets or for more information about this performance, call the CVCA Ticket Office at (435) 752-0026 or visit online at ellenecclestheatre.org.This tour of the Martha Graham Dance Company is made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces Program. For more info about the Cache Valley Center for the Arts visit www.CacheArts.org. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and one hour prior to all show times. These two performances are made possible through the performing arts season at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts and the generous support from this shows sponsors including: Café Sabor; Dan & Manon Russell; University Inn & Conference Center; & Utah Public Radio 89.5/91.5 HD. The 2010-2011 CVCA Season is made possible in part by funds from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family; Conservice utility management & billing; Cache County Restaurant/RAPZ Tax Funds, Logan City Cultural Arts Grant; Utah Arts Council & the National Endowment for the Arts; and Wasatch Logan Arts Foundation.
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