Surreal Graham: Herodiade and Spectre-1914 part of Performa 13

Surreal Graham Performa13

Monday evening availability limited to wait list at the door. Tickets at the door are cash only, $20 each.  

SAVE THE DATE –  January 21-23 is your next opportunity to see Graham dancers in the Martha Graham Studio Theater

GRAHAM DECONSTRUCTED: CAVE OF THE HEART Join us in the Studio Theater this January for another inside look ar a 20th Century masterwork. Premiered in 1947, Cave of the Heart, Graham’s abstract re-imagined of the Medea legend, was years in the making. Details of the collaboration between Graham, the composer Samuel Barber and sculptor Isamu Noguchi will be illustrated with a performance of the work itself.  The cast will include Miki Orihara as Medea,  Tadej Brdnik as Jason, Xiaochuan Xie as The Princess, and Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch as the Chorus.

Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 pm (SOLD OUT) Featuring art historian Mary Ann Caws

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 pm (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm (SOLD OUT)

Monday, November 25, 7:00 pm (SOLD OUT) See above about the waitlist

Martha Graham Studio Theater, 11th Floor, Westbeth, 55 Bethune Street, NY, NY 10014
Tickets $20 (includes a glass of wine)
Was Martha Graham a Surrealist? The Martha Graham Dance Company will present an intimate look at two seminal Graham masterworks created during the height of the Surrealist movement. Principal dancers Miki Orihara and Katherine Crockett will dance the rarely-performed Herodiade (1944).  Originally titled The Mirror Before Me, this dance has an evocative set by Isamu Noguchi and music by Paul Hindemith.  Crockett will also perform the iconic solo Spectre-1914 from 1936 — the same year MoMA presented “Fantastic Art, Dada and Surrealism.” Archival footage of Graham herself in both dances will be shown. Top art historian, Mary Ann Caws (opening night only),  as well as Graham Artistic Director, Janet Eilber, will frame each dance with commentary on possible Surrealist connections.  The hour-long event in the Martha Graham Studio Theater at Westbeth is part of the GrahamDeconstructed series. The $20 ticket includes a glass of wine and Q&A with the artists.
Performa 13 is the only biennial dedicated to commissioning, presenting and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines. For three weeks, November 1 – 24, 2013, Performa and a consortium of innovative organizations will band together to transform New York City into an international platform for celebrating live art. More information at