Martha Graham

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What should art be about? UMaine prof seeks answers in history

There are a few things to remember about Thomas Hart Benton, an iconic American artist who died in 1975 at the age of 85.
Benton's question
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 30, 2012

Getting up close at Festival Ballet

Festival Ballet Providence's second Up Close on Hope series this season began last weekend and continues February 24-25 and March 2-3.
Intimate moments
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 24, 2012

Boston Conservatory does Graham and Limón; Doug Varone gets literary at the ICA

One thing that distinguishes the early modern dancers from their contemporary descendants is idealism, or the lack of it.
Heroes and civilians
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 25, 2011

Tales of a country boy

Summer Stages Dance kicked off its 2010 performance series at Concord Academy a week ago Thursday with a film of a woman setting the table.
Dan Wagoner’s handmade dance
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 23, 2010

Rockport rules

Pianist David Deveau, celebrating his 15th year as director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival (now Rockport Music) and the opening of the elegant, $20 million Shalin Liu Performance Center on Main Street, said that the sound in the new hall, at the
A new beginning for the music festival
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 18, 2010

Old masters

Last month, students at Boston Conservatory and Boston University paid tribute to two notables of modern dance's second generation in the best possible way: by performing their work.
Anna Sokolow and Joseph Gifford
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 05, 2010



Isabel Bayón played an eternal feminine archetype, surrounding herself with proud, seductive gestures.
Female dancers  Isabel Bayón, Soledad Barrios featured in Flamenco festival
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 17, 2009

Daniel Nagrin

Daniel Nagrin was one of the last surviving stars of modern dance's second generation.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 07, 2009

Year in Dance: Reusable histories & durable trends

Conservation is a good thing in these times, and some of the most interesting performances drew on the uses of history — personal history, performance history, and even some inventions that sought to overturn history.
No startling breakthroughs, but that's okay
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 22, 2008


The four pieces on the program that Philadanco brought for its Boston debut last weekend at the Institute for Contemporary Art were all-dance numbers showcasing a troupe of highly polished, supercharged dancers.  
Philadanco at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 18, 2008

Steps . . . and more steps

Martha Graham’s Steps in the Street doesn’t look anything like a dance of the 21st century, but at the end of Boston Conservatory’s fall program last weekend it fit right in.
Boston Conservatory and BoSoma make dance work hard
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 13, 2008


Conflict and convergence

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s Another Evening: Serenade/The Proposition is an elegant layering of dance, design, music, and words.  
Bill T. Jones and Celtic Tap at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 28, 2008

Mastering the masterpieces

It’s not exactly a trip down Memory Lane, but this weekend Boston Ballet is revisiting some pieces and choreographers it hasn’t performed in the Mikko Nissinen era.
Boston Ballet takes on Balanchine, Tudor, and Tharp
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2008

Drama manqué

Sporen , by the Dutch company Leine & Roebana, had two false beginnings before settling down to an hour of movement exploration.
Leine & Roebana at the ICA, Contrapose at Green Street
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 12, 2008

Center of the universe

Triangulations are many and charged in the Tesmans’ circle, and for newlywed Hedda Tesman, née Gabler, it is imperative to be an apex.
Mad Horse moves Hedda Gabler to the ’50s
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 09, 2008

Above the fray

Modern dance choreographers from Martha Graham onward have sometimes been described as too abstract or inaccessible.
Parsons Dance's musical moves
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2008


Ebb and flow

The good news is that we still have our own major company, Boston Ballet, and it made its first international tour — to Spain — in more than a decade.
Dance: 2007 in review
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 17, 2007

Pillow talking

Last summer, Los Angeles Times dance critic Lewis Segal suggested that ballet is dying an ugly, boring death.
Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Mark Morris Dance Group
By JANINE PARKER  |  August 15, 2007

Dances with character

Dancers are working with character more frequently, after decades of choreography drenched in physical accomplishment.
Headlong Dance Theater, Chunky Move, Paul Taylor
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 01, 2007

Untold tales

Some dances are made on specific story lines that they keep to themselves.
Bebe Miller at the ICA, Kelley Donovan at the Dance Complex
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 26, 2007

Stormy weather

The BSO has been having terrible luck hanging on to its star soloists.
BSO cancellations, plus the Camerata, Jonathan Biss, Emmanuel Music, and more
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 28, 2007


From the inside

Martha Graham created a revolution in the modern dance world on many fronts, most significantly by the emotional content and the sculptural form of her work.
Martha Graham’s works still dig deep
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2007

Drama dance

Half a century ago something known as dance drama occupied a large part of the modern-dance repertory.
Complexions at the Tsai Center
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 06, 2007

Darkness with flares

To American eyes, butoh dance is the ultimate in weirdness.
GooSayTen at Zero Arrow, Deborah Butler at Casa Nia
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 21, 2006

Happy feet

The architectural team of Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the new Institute for Contemporary Art as a 325-seat jewel box, its transparent walls allowing the Boston harbor and skyline to serve as a scenic bac
From butoh to Swan Lake and back
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 13, 2006


It’s hard to imagine a more diverse assemblage of bodies, temperaments, and performing presences than the roster for this year’s “Three Women Solo” at Summer Stages Dance.
'Three Women Solo’ at Concord
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 01, 2006


Great music, great dance

An excerpt from Phoenix dance critic Marcia B. Siegel's Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance .
Getting inside Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 28, 2006

Words in motion

Fusionworks director Deb Meunier first got the idea for her “Unwrapped” talks from a parent chaperoning schoolchildren to a dance concert.
Fusionworks unwrap their latest moves  
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 29, 2006