The Martha Graham Company Celebrates Opening Night Gala

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Martha Graham Dance Company held it annual opening night gala on Tuesday February 10th to celebrate its new season.

Several guests were at the event to show their support for modern dance, including Frank Gehry, Peter Arnell and Diane von Furstenberg.

Before the dinner and celebrations, the company put on showcase of this season’s “Lamentations Variations”, performed “Steps in Time” with a stage designed by Frank Gehry and showed Peter Arnell’s short film about Martha Graham’s history in establishing modern dance. There was also a one-night only performance by Misty Copeland in “Letter to the World.”

Diane von Furstenberg was there to celebrate her new initiative with the dance company, “the Dress the Kick” project, which will call upon big-name designers to reinterpret Martha Graham’s legendary “kick” photograph in anticipation of the Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th anniversary next year.

After the performance dancers changed into formal attire and spent the night dancing with some of the guests. Other dance-lovers at the event were: Richard Golub, Misty Copeland, Llloyd Knight, Lauren Newman, Michelle Dorrance, Mishay Petronelli, Janet Eilber, Anne O’Donnell, Konstantina Xintara, Inger Witter, Miki Orihara, Diana Vishneva, Blakely White McGuire, Jen Freeman, Sonya Tayeh, Jo Lampert, Amy Jackson Lewis, Kaitlin Miciunas, Tristan Thom, Valeria Capponi, Laura Gralnick, Jon Gralnick, Jayne Millard, Katherine Swintek, Vicky Ward and Larry Field.


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