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IU Dance Faculty Celebrate ‘The Legacy of Graham’

Putting together Martha Graham's Panorama was a piece of dance archeology.

Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins and the Martha Graham Dance Company in Martha Graham's

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Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins and the Martha Graham Dance Company in Martha Graham's "Appalachian Spring"

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

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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