Martha Graham has called in a host of big names for its one-night only Fall and Recovery benefit performance, on Tuesday, February 26. Proceeds will support the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund for the Martha Graham Dance Company following the heavy losses sustained by the Company when Sandy swept through its storage area last October, blowing out doors, flattening walls, and flooding the basement in which its sets, costumes and artefacts were housed.
This historic collection - valued at $4 million - which had taken eight decades to assemble, was left underwater for six days after the storm. Since then, with the help of volunteer conservators on site, the Company has been engaged in a painstaking process to determine the best restoration plan for each piece in the collection - and the benefit performance is being staged to help raise funds for this ambitious project.
Dance and choreographic luminaries joining members of the Graham Company for Tuesday’s performance include New York City Ballet’s Wendy Whelan and Ask le Cour, Maria Kowroski and Martin Harvey, American Ballet Theatre’s Irina Dvorovenko, Japanese contemporary dancer Eriko Iisaku, Michelle Dorrance, David Neumann, Christopher Wheeldon, Nacho Duato, Richard Move - and there’s a world premiere by Luca Veggetti.
The performance will take place at 7.30 pm at the Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue. For more information, visit the Martha Graham website.