November 01, 2011

Martha Graham Dance Company Stuns Istanbul Audience

The Martha Graham Dance Company from New York City made two spectacular, sold-out appearances in Istanbul on Oct. 27 and 28 at İş Sanat.

It was the company’s second time here; the first time was in 1989, when they performed at the Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM). This time, they presented an overview of the many iconic works of their namesake and founder, Martha Graham, one of the legendary dancer/choreographers in American dance history.

Graham has been compared to Stravinsky, Picasso and Einstein for her radical innovations of and contributions to the art form of modern dance. Since her death in 1991, the company has kept alive all of her works, starting with those from 1926, when she founded her company, until her last piece in 1990, created just before she died at the age of 96. The original sets and costumes, many by famous designers, are preserved and/or faithfully recreated to fit the dancers as well as withstand the wear and tear of traveling. A total of seven works, dating from 1936 to 1990, were performed here by the company on the two evenings.

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