Friday July 11, 2014 - Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch invited me to a studio showing by students of the Martha Graham Dance Company 2014 Summer Intensive. Virginie Mécène, director of the Martha Graham School, welcomed us; excerpts from Graham's 1929 ballet HERETIC and her 1946 DARK MEADOW were performed, coached respectively by Elizabeth Auclair and Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch; and short works from the composition class, overseen by Kevin Predmore, were danced to live music.
How wonderful to see the young dancers in the two early Graham works and to experience first-hand the passing of the choreographer's intrinsic stylistic language from generation to generation; perhaps among these students are dancers we will see - within the coming years - become fine interpreters of the Graham repertoire.
There were certainly several intriguing dancers among the large group of participants; the eye was drawn ceaselessly from one face and form to another as the dance unfolded before us.
I started off taking some pictures but after a few minutes I thought I might be disturbing the people around me so I stopped; as it turns out, I was wrong...I should have kept going! At any rate, here are a few images from HERETIC. (Two different young women took the leading role as the excerpt was danced twice). Click on each image to enlarge:
And here is a group shot of the Intensive's participants, taken at the end of the presentation: