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The Martha Graham Dance Company will celebrate its 90th birthday at the Teatro Real in June in what will be its first performance on the stage at the Plaza de Oriente. The two different programmes comprise ten of the most well-known choreographies of this North American artist and other collaborators. Martha Graham, whose name is one of the most important in the world of art of the 20th century, created a unique language based on the expressive capacity of the human body which evolved by experimenting with basic tightening and loosening movements. Graham's "vocabulary" is seen in the work of the greatest choreographers, both her contemporaries as well as those who followed after her death, and with the dancers who were trained in her school of thought and evolved in this dance company.


90th Anniversary of the company

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Film montage by Antonio Giacomin

Deep Song
Music by Henry Cowell (1897-1965)

Choreography and costumes: Martha Graham
Lighting for reconstruction: David Finley

Music by Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961)
Choreography and costumes: Martha Graham
Lighting for Steps in the StreetDavid Finley
Lighting for Spectre-1914 Prelude to Action
Steven L. Shelley

Music by Arvo Pärt (1935) -De Profundis- and Pedro Alcalde (1959)

Choreography and costumes: Nacho Duato
Mr. Duatos's assitant: Kevin Irving
Brad Fields


Music by Felix Buxton

Choreography: Sidi larbi Cherkaoui
Assistants to Mr. CherkaouiJason Kittelberger and Jennifer White
Costumes: Karen Young
Nick Hung

Original music by Lehman Engel, music for Ekstasis (reimagined) by Ramon Humet

Choreography: Martha Graham, reimagined by Virginie Mecene
Costumes: Martha Graham

Diversion of Angels
Music by Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008)

Choreography and costumes: Nartha Graham
Lighting: Beverly Emmons

8 and 10 June 2017, 8pm; Saturday, 5pm. Main auditorium

Clytemnestra Act 2
Music by Halim El-Dabh

ChoreographyMartha Graham
Set: Isamu Noguchi
Costumes: Martha Graham y Helen McGehee

Lighting: Jean Rosenthal, adapted by Beverly Emmons

Music by Irving Fine -Noctturno for strings and harp

ChoreographyPontus Lidberg
Costumes: Reid Bartelme y Harriet Jung
Mask Patterns: Wintercroft Designs
Nick Hung


Cave of the Heart
Music by Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Choreography and costumes: Martha Graham
Set: Isamu Noguchi
Jean Rosenthal, adapted by Beverly Emmons

Maple Leaf Rag
Music by Scott Joplin (1868-1917)

Choreography: Martha Graham
Costumes: Calvin Klein
Lighting: David Finley

10 and 11 June 2017, Saturday 9:30pm, Sunday 6pm. Main auditorium

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Performance Dates

  • 8 JUN (T) 20:00h
    Turn Première
  • 10 JUN (S) 17:00h
    Turn B
  • 10 JUN (S) 21:30h
    Turn A
  • 11 JUN (S) 18:00h
    Turn C
  • Place: Main Auditorium