Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A.
Michael Kliën (Austria)
Jan 16 • 3pm to 7pm
Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor
In this one-time-only dance event, a multigenerational group of performers from the Martha Graham Dance Company’s past, present, and future will excavate their relationships to Graham and the underlying “movement forces” that bind them to one another, to Graham, and to the Company.
Organized by Austrian choreographer and artist Michael Kliën, Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A. bypasses the institutionalized social structures of the Company to uncover new paths of organization and potential between its participants. The work utilizes strategies of social choreography developed in collaboration with dramaturge Steve Valk, who has organized a complementary discursive component that will unfold alongside the performance in an adjacent studio.
Audiences are invited to explore the work for any length of time and are encouraged to move freely between the two spaces.
Choreography: Michael Kliën
Dramaturgy: Steve Valk
Electronic Score: Volkmar Klien
Performers: Martha Graham Dance Company and guests
Tickets are $20.
Co-presented with the New Museum and Performance Space 122.
Featured image: Current and past members of Martha Graham Dance Company joined by students, administrators, and others affiliated with the company in Michael Klien’s Parliament, 2015. Photo by Brigid Pierce.
Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A. is co-presented by the New Museum, as part of the Spring 2016 R&D Season: LEGACY; Martha Graham Dance Company, as part of its 90th season; and Performance Space 122 as part of the COIL 2016 Festival and is generously supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. PS122 presentation support provided by Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance and Jerome Robbins Foundation. .
Made possible with the generous support of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.
The score by Volkmar Klien has been commissioned by the state of Lower Austria.