IMPRESSIONS: Martha Graham Dance Company & Wild Up in the Premiere of "Immediate Tragedy"
It was not the best of times. Fascism was on the rise, unemployment was rampant, racism was widespread, and an iconoclastic American figure was taken much too early. No, I’m not talking about 2020 and Kobe Bryant. Instead, the year was 1937, and the world was besieged by hatred and hard times. It was also the last time anyone saw Amelia Earhart alive.
Yet out of the shock and violence, great art arose. On December 19th, 1937, Martha Graham danced two companion solos at the Guild Theatre of New York. The first, Deep Song, is what Martha Graham Dance Company artistic director Janet Eilber describes as “a lament.” Inspired by the acute imagery of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, Graham created the work for the women who were affected by the Spanish Civil War. The second, Immediate Tragedy, was lost. Eilber suggested this might be because Graham was “just churning out stuff and then moving past it, building on it.” But Immediate Tragedy has been reimagined in a way that Graham herself ...
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