The focus of the IU Dance Theater’s annual faculty and guest artist concert celebrates “The Legacy of Graham” with a performance of Martha Graham’s early work, Panorama.
Former Graham dancer Sandra Kaufmann worked with the IU Contemporary Dance Program this fall to restage the piece. “Martha actually resisted documenting her work. Panorama is an early work from 1936. The information that we have comes from notes, a score of the music by the accompanist Norman Lloyd, some scraps of film by Julien Bryan and reviews. Graham dancer Yuriko’s putting together of the ballet was a piece of dance archeology.”
Kaufmann was impressed by the IU dancers. “The technique was new to them. Actually, even dancers who know later Graham works would be on new ground because Martha’s technique evolved over the years. But they had such enthusiasm and energy combined with body awareness, that it was a delight to work with them. They’ve really been taught to be thinking dancers.”
Martha Graham’s Panorama
Paul Taylor’s Aureole and 3 Epitaphs
And works by IU Faculty from Kinesiology, and African American and African Disapora Studies
Ruth N. Halls Theatre
Friday and Saturday Jan 15 & 16, 2010