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Vail Dance Festival_Martha Graham Dance Company

The unparalleled Martha Graham Dance Company returns to the Festival in a program featuring Graham classics and new work created for the legendary company. The program will also present a world premiere Lamentation Variation created by Lil Buck in his first commission for a major dance company.

Evening’s repertory:

Dark Meadow Suite
Music: Carlos Chavez
Choreography by Martha Graham

Music: Zoltán Kodály
Choreography by Martha Graham
Performed by Carla Körbes

Lamentation Variation(World Premiere)
Music: George Crumb, Frédéric Chopin
Choreography by Lil Buck, Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin

Music: Lehman Engel reimagined by Ramon Humet
Choreography by Martha Graham reimagined by Virginie Mécène

Satyric Festival Song
Music: Fernando Palacios
Choreography by Martha Graham reimagined by Michelle Dorrance with Janet Eilber
Performed by Michelle Dorrance

Music: Irving Fine
Choreography by Pontus Lidberg


*Artistic Director Janet Eilber conceived of Lamentation Variations in 2007 to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, giving choreographers the opportunity to create new interpretations of Graham’s iconic solo, Lamentation. Although the series was envisioned as a one-time performance, the audience reception was so positive that it has been added to the repertory of the Martha Graham Dance Company.