III. Martha Graham

About

RITUAL TO THE SUN FROM ACTS OF LIGHT

 


Choreography by MARTHA GRAHAM

Music by CARL NIELSEN*

Costumes by HALSTON and MARTHA GRAHAM

Original lighting by BEVERLY EMMONS

Recreated by Cheyenne Sykes

Staged by LONE KJÆR LARSEN

 


Premiere: February 26, 1981, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,

Washington DC


“Thank you for all the acts of light which beautified a summer now past to its reward.”

Emily Dickinson

 


*Helios Overture, Op. 17. Recorded by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Herbert Blomstedt, courtesy of EMI Classics.


Presented by arrangement with Martha Graham Resources, a division of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance.

 

Erin Barnes she/her Tade Biesinger he/him Kayleigh Bowen she/her

Sarah Burke she/her Nick Camarero he/him Sydney Foley she/her

Lacey Greathouse she/her Kenley Hardwick he/him Evelyn Johnson she/her

Heather Kroesche she/her Selena Lee she/her Kylie Mendoza she/her

Amanda Moriera she/her Ethan Palma he/him Lily Sheppard she/her

Sydney Warren she/her Sophia Aste* she/her Kirsten Kauffmann* she/her

*Understudy


About Lone

LONE KJÆR LARSEN (Regisseur) is a former dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Pearl Lang Dance Theatre. She serves as Program Director of the Martha Graham School and Regisseur for the Martha Graham organization. In her native Denmark she co-founded and directed BALLET PLUS and from 2002-2005 served as Rehearsal Director and Choreographic Assistant for Danish Dance Theatre. She has restaged and directed multiple works of Martha Graham in universities and conservatories, as well as reconstructed and staged Pearl Lang’s choreography for Graham 2 and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. A certified teacher of Martha Graham Technique™️ Since 1989, Lone has taught worldwide and continues as a faculty member at the Martha Graham School and Marymount Manhattan College. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Boston Conservatory and M.F.A. in Choreography from Jacksonville University.

About Martha Graham

Martha Graham (1894-1991) is recognized as a primal artistic force of the 20th Century. She was named “Dancer of the Century” by Time and has been compared with other creative giants such as Picasso, Einstein, Stravinsky and Freud. She created 181 ballets and a technique that revolutionized dance throughout the greater part of the past century. Using the founding principals of contraction and release, she built a vocabulary of movement to “increase the emotional activity of the dancer’s body,” exploring the depth and diversity of human emotion. Her ballets were inspired by a wide range of sources from the American frontier to Greek Mythology. She created and portrayed prominent women, including Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Medea, Phaedra, Joan of Arc and Emily Dickenson. During her 70 years of creating dance, she collaborated with other great artists – Noguchi, Copland, Barber and Schuman, and her mentor Louis Horst among others, and is recognized for her groundbreaking work in all aspects of the theater – use of time, space, lighting, costumes, sets and music. Her company was a training ground for many generations of choreographers including Cunningham, Taylor and Tharp. At the Neighborhood Playhouse, she is said to have changed the course of American acting through students such as Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Tony Randall and Orson Wells. Her creative genius earned numerous honors and awards, including the Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts. Martha Graham’s extraordinary legacy lives on in the work of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ensemble and School, and in the students worldwide studying her technique and performing her masterworks.

https://marthagraham.org/

 

Martha Graham Resources, a division of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, is responsible for the facilitation of productions of Graham dances worldwide. For more information contact info@marthagraham.org.