Who: Martha Graham Dance Company
What: Finale of The Eve Project
Where: Martha Graham Dance Company YouTube
When: Wednesday, September 23, and Saturday, September 26, free, 2:30
Why: Martha Graham Dance Company’s “Martha Matinees” series continues this week with the conclusion of The Eve Project, its celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, as well as honoring the current renewed focus on gender and power. On September 23 and 26 at 2:30, MGDC will stream Julien Bryan’s 1935 film of Martha Graham performing Frontier: American Perspective of the Plains, which pays tribute to the spirit of pioneer women; a recent performance of Errand into the Maze with Charlotte Landreau and Lloyd Mayor; and the premiere of 19 Poses for the 19th Amendment, an Instagram challenge that asked people to re-create any of nineteen photos of Graham performing such poses as “Prelude to Action,” “Masque,” and “Spectre 1914” from Chronicle, “Clytemnestra,” “Phaedra,” “Satyric Festival Song,” “American Document” and “Primitive Mysteries.”
“Experimentation with technology has always been a significant part of how we make our work accessible to all audiences,” artistic director Janet Eilber, who hosts the “Martha Matinees” livestreams, explained in a statement. “Our use of media onstage and off, our interactive projects online, and our substantial presence on social media have prepared us to face the digital urgency of the Covid crisis. Our ninety-fifth season will be enhanced by the new, virtual journeys we are creating — coordinating our many online events and offering context to the depth and breadth of the Graham legacy and all we do to move into the future. Our dancers are not only nimble onstage but in the creation of online artistry.” Head over to the MGDC YouTube page to see such previous virtual presentations as Immediate Tragedy, Larry Keigwin’s Lamentation Variation, Justin Scholar’s Eve Forging, Landreau’s Opus One, and So Young An and Lloyd Knight in . . . Remember. . . .