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MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY 85th Anniversary Season Opening Night Gala - Monday, 3/21/2011 12:24 AM
Martha Graham Dance Company celebrated the opening of its 85th Anniversary
Season on Tuesday evening, March 16th, at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. The
stellar performance was a sight to behold. While photography was not allowed
during the performance for obvious reasons, the imagery remains emblazoned in
the minds of those fortunate enough to attend.
Robert Wilson's "Snow on the Mesa" (1995) flowed into "Maple Leaf Rag" (a
1990 Martha Graham original), working as an interesting combination. Drawing
the viewer in was Wilson's effortlessly executed personal portrait of Martha
Graham. In "Snow on the Mesa", Wilson reflects many aspects of Graham's
persona, her interest in early America and the Shakers, her love for nature
and the MidWest, her interest in Colin McFee and Balinese dance and, lastly,
her interest in Western myths and Asian culture.
Carrie Ellmore Tallitsch
Graham's last complete ballet, "Maple Leaf Rag", that originally premiered in
1990 at City Center, delighted the audience. Like fragments of the
imagination, dancers enter and exit at will in a parody of movement themes
drawn from the classic Graham repertory. "Maple Leaf Rag" is a fond tribute to
the music of her youth and to her long association with Louis Horst, her
one-time mentor and lover.
Standouts included the stirring controlled movements of Tadej Brdnik, as well
as the gentle poise of dancer Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch. The closing sequences
of the performance featured guest appearances by New York Socials Muffie
Potter Aston, Cornelia Guest, Grace Hightower De Niro and Somers Farkas.
, Karen LaFrak
, Muffie Potter Aston
and Grace Hightower
Immediately following the performance, New York's most prominent arts
supporters gathered at the nearby Mandarin Oriental Hotel for a gala dinner.
Noteworthy attendees included principal dancers Tadej Brdnik, Carrie
Ellmore-Tallitsch, and Ben Schulz. Celebs and Socials in attendance included
Robert De Niro, Rufus Wainwright, Karen and Richard LeFrak, Jay McInerney,
Mary McFadden, society columnist Gregor Speck, R. Couri Hay and Cassandra