Graham Company dancing Steps in the Street
This Spring, our Modern Ensemble students will be learning a landmark 1935 Martha Graham work, Steps in the Street. Working from the 1920s through to her death in 1991, Graham was, of course, perhaps the most famous US developer and exponent of Modern Dance. Steps in the Street was part of her larger work, Chronicle which, like Picasso’s Guernica, was a response to the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. This section which is sub-titled, ”Devastation – Homelessness -Exile,” was intended as “a stark, explosive response to the devastation and isolation that war leaves in its wake.” The reconstruction will be directed by Jennifer Conley, a licensed reconstructor/ regisseur for the Company. Conley is a former member of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Pearl Lang Dance Theatre. As a soloist, she has performed the work of modern dance luminaries Martha Graham, Charles Weidman, Jane Dudley, Ethel Winter, Yuriko, and Stuart Hodes, has set Graham work both here and abroad, and directs her own choreography as well. In conjunction with this project, Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch will be teaching Graham technique in our advanced modern course. Ms. Ellmore-Tallitsch was a soloist with the Graham Company and danced Graham’s roles in several of her most noted works including Night Journey and Appalachian Spring. She continues to work with choreographers and other artists.
The work will be performed in the Spring Dance Concert, Friday and Saturday, April 25th and 26th, 7:30 PM in Goodhart on the Bryn Mawr College campus. Free admission.