Graham Dance Co. to present 'Appalachian Spring' at Lied

2014-01-23T23:00:00Z Graham Dance Co. to present 'Appalachian Spring' at LiedBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Modern dance marvel the Martha Graham Dance Co. will perform the group's masterpiece,"Appalachian Spring," with music by Aaron Copland, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St.

Known for its beauty, grace, power, sensuality and precision onstage, the Martha Graham Dance Co. continues the Lied Center's long tradition of presenting some of the most celebrated dance companies in the United States, including the Joffrey Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Co. and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

"You can't talk about modern dance without mentioning Martha Graham's incredible contribution to the art form," said Bill Stephan, Lied Center executive director. "Martha Graham Dance Co. is known for expressing beauty and grace in their performances. Their shows are so diverse and range from sensual movement to earth-shattering athletic precision."

Recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Martha Graham (1894-1991) created a movement language based upon the expressive capacity of the human body. It all began in 1926 when Graham started teaching a group of dancers who had been drawn to her creative work. Thus began the Martha Graham Studio, which remained under her personal guidance for the next 66 years.

The Martha Graham Dance Co. has been a leader in the development of contemporary dance since its founding. Informed by Graham's expansive vision, the company brings to life a timeless and uniquely American style of dance that has influenced generations of artists. Graham and her company have expanded contemporary dance's vocabulary of movement and forever altered the scope of the art form by rooting works in contemporary social, political, psychological and sexual contexts, deepening their impact and resonance.

The Martha Graham Dance Co. will be co-presented with UNL's Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium.

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