Martha Graham: [R]evolution in Black & White

Presented by Urban Land Interests and Custer Financial Services

Masterwork: Martha Graham’s iconic “Heretic”

Guest Artists: Miki Orihara, former Martha Graham Company Principal Dancer; Martin Løfsnes; former Martha Graham Company Principal Dancer and Artistic Director of NYC 360˚Dance Company; Chuck Wilt, dancer 360˚Dance; Senri OE, SONY Award winning composer and pianist; and Zada Cheeks, Chicago freelance dancer.

November 11-13, 2016

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State Street Madison, WI 53703

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A figure in white surrounded by bodies in black. The rebel against the crowd. The outsider versus the status quo. The heretic ostracized from the masses.

Martha Graham was a truly revolutionary dancer and choreographer. She created original stage pictures with dancers’ bodies that explored the depth and diversity of human emotions. To honor her legacy and share Martha Graham’s stunning vision with modern audiences, Kanopy will perform her masterwork “Heretic” (1929) re-stage by Bessie Award winner and former Martha Graham Company Principal Dancer, Miki Orihara. As part of the concert Ms Orihara will also perform a piece from her internationally renowned solo concert, “Resonance,” in collaboration with composer and jazz pianist Senri Oe.

We also welcome Martin Løfsnes to our stage, another former Principal Dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company and Artistic Director of New York-based 360˚ Dance. Mr. Løfsnes premiers his “Introspective Mirage” performed by Kanopy dancers. Mr. Løfsnes and his 360˚dancer Chuck Wilt will perform a new duet.

Kanopy Co Artistic Director Robert E Cleary presents his gritty duet “Bound & Determined,” first performed in Minneapolis, now restaged for Kanopy Dance Company with guest Chicago dancer Zada Cheeks.

“Cassandra’s Cry,” a Graham-influenced work by Kanopy Co Artistic Director Lisa Thurrell presents an interwoven, frenetic mesh of movement. Like a heretic, Cassandra was cursed by the gods that she could foretell the future but no one would believe her.

Re-staging of “Heretic” licensed through Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance.


Pre-Show Talk Opening Night
Friday Nov 11, 7:00-7:30pm, Promenade Hall, Overture Center
Show ticket or ticket stub to Martha Graham: (R)Evolution for admittance.
Meet the artists. Discussion of Martha Graham’s iconic “Heretic” and artist’s work in direct lineage to her.

Master Class
Guest Artist Martin Løfsnes
Thursday Nov 10, 4:30-6pm, Kanopy Studio, 341 State St Madison WI 53703

Guest Artist Miki Orihara
Saturday Nov 12, 10:30am-12:00pm, Kanopy Studio, 341 State St Madison WI 53703

Photography by Shawn Harper