Who: Martha Graham Dance Company
What: Special “Martha Matinee”
Where: Graham Patreon
When: Saturday, April 10, $10, 2:30
Why: The Martha Graham Dance Company is getting ready for GrahamFest 95, a virtual celebration of the troupe’s ninety-fifth anniversary, scheduled for April 30 to May 2, with a special edition of its popular “Martha Matinee” program. On April 10 at 2:30, MGDC will present rare footage of Graham coaching young members of the company in her classic 1930 solo piece, Lamentation, set to Zoltán Kodály’s Piano Piece Op. 3, No. 2; archival photographs from Graham’s childhood and early years in dance; and a recent performance of Prelude to Action, from the 1936 antiwar work Chronicle. The event will also include a live Q&A moderated by Martha Graham Resources director Oliver Tobin. In addition to “Martha Matinee,” the company has kept busy during the pandemic creating the thrilling virtual production Immediate Tragedy, the beachside Opus One, and an online reimagining of the 1944 favorite Appalachian Spring in addition to streaming interviews, workshops, classes, and more, most of which is available for free here.