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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Mosaic will be part of Martha Graham season at New York City Center this week

New York City Center
130 West 56th St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.
April 11 – 14, $35-$95

The Martha Graham Dance Company is presenting a wide range of works in three programs for their spring season at New York City Center. “Sacred/Profane” begins with a gala on April 11 at 7:00, consisting of the world premiere of Lucinda Childs’s Histoire, an expansion of a 1999 duet that is now for eight dancers, with music by Krzysztof Knittel (Histoire lll for harpsichord and tape) and Astor Piazzolla (Milonga en re for violin, piano, and double bass and Soledad for violin, bandoneon, piano, and double bass) and costumes by Karen Young; Lar Lubovitch’s The Legend of Ten, in honor of his company’s fiftieth anniversary, with music by Johannes Brahms (Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor, Opus 34, Movements I & IV) and costumes by L. Isaac with Naomi Luppescu; and Graham’s 1958 Embattled Garden, with music by Carlos Surinach, set design by Isamu Noguchi, and costumes by Graham. Program A, taking place April 12 & 14 at 8:00, features Childs’s Histoire and a trio of works that Graham choreographed and designed the costumes for: the lost 1933 solo Ekstasis, reimagined by Virginie Mécène, with original music by Lehman Engel that has been reimagined by Ramon Humet, 1984’s The Rite of Spring, with music by Igor Stravinsky, and 1935’s Panorama, which will be performed by local teens, set to music by Norman Lloyd. And Program A, on April 13 at 8:00, includes Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Mosaic, with music by Felix Buxton and costumes by Young; Lubovitch’s The Legend of Ten; and Graham’s Embattled Garden and the 1936 antiwar piece Chronicle, the latter with music by Wallingford Riegger, set design by Noguchi, and costumes by Graham. The Mannes Orchestra will play live music for all the Graham classics. The company, which was formed in 1926, currently is made up of dancers So Young An, Alyssa Cebulski, PeiJu Chien-Pott, Leon Cobb, Alessio Crognale, Laurel Dalley Smith, Natasha M. Dimond-Walker, Abdiel Jacobsen, Lloyd Knight, Charlotte Landreau, Jacob Larsen, Lloyd Mayor, Ari Mayzick, Cara McManus, Marzia Memoli, Anne O’Donnell, Lorenzo Pagano, Ben Schultz, Anne Souder, Leslie Andrea Williams, and Xin Ying.

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