Martha Graham Dance Company's Thursday, March 20 performance opened with Appalachian Spring. Seventy years ago, in the throes of World War II, Graham created this work with Aaron Copland contributing the score, and Isamu Noguchi, the set. Experiencing this work in 2014, its relevancy prevails in its elegant simplicity and representation of the American spirit...The World Premiere of Nacho Duato's Depak Ine follows, and is breath-taking. In under five weeks the Spanish choreographer drew from his recent readings of Darwin, creating the captivating piece that aptly showcased not only the strength Graham dancers are known for, but their impressive range and versatility. With a body sprawled face-down beneath a singular stream of foggy light, a male dancer scurries out from the shadows, sliding on his back. A female dancer quickly follows, clasping on to him and peering between his legs at the lifeless body before them.
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Learn more about the company's effort to commission works of new choreographers, including Nacho Duato, and Andonis Foniadakis (whose work Echo premiered as well during this Season, by watching the above Dance Enthusiast video.