Martha Graham Duets

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Martha Graham Duets

Choreography by Martha Graham

Three distinct pas de deux from larger Graham works—Diversion of Angels and Canticle for Innocent Comedians—first presented in 1948 and 1952, respectively. The first pas de deux is inspired by the “White Duet” from Diversion of Angels, a ballet widely considered to be the choreographer’s ode to love. Set against piano music by Cameron McCash featured in the soundtrack of the 1957 documentary film A Dancer’s World, the “White Duet” communicates profound intimacy through Graham’s signature purity of form. The second and third duets, titled “Stars” and “Moon,” are rarely staged and are, in fact, the only surviving sections of Canticle for Innocent Comedians whose remaining choreography is thought to be lost. While “Stars” gives off a playful energy through Graham’s finely sculpted partnering, “Moon” remains more ethereal as the dancers yield to the piece’s wonderfully poetic and hypnotic core.

8 Minutes

Premiere: July 26, 2016 at The Joyce Theater, New York City

Performed courtesy of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc. Copyright held by the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc. All rights reserved.

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