Celebrated dancer Richard Move channels the spirit of 20th century icon Martha Graham in this fascinating recreation of her 1963 interview with dance critic Walter Terry.
For its debut commissioned by Manhattan’s contemporary dance centre, New York Live Arts, Martha@... The 1963 Interview played to sell-out audiences with its uncanny portrait of a dance legend.
Based on a recently discovered audio recording, the production takes you back to 31 March 1963 and Terry’s live interview with Graham at New York’s cultural institution, the 92nd Street Y.
Known for his brilliant performances of Graham, dancer Move electrifies the stage, capturing Graham’s iconic physical and linguistic responses; while Terry, played by Tony Award-nominated actress and playwright Lisa Kron, offers an enthusiastic, and often witty, interlocutor.
The two embark on an intense dialogue, foreshadowing Graham’s impending retirement with reflections on her unparalleled life and career. This 70-minute dance-theatre piece is accompanied by stunning excerpts of Graham’s signature pieces performed by Catherine Cabeen and Suzzanne Ponomarenko, scenic art by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, lighting by Donalee Katz and costumes by Pilar Limosner.
Absorbing, revealing, detailed and historically accurate, Martha@... The 1963 Interview puts on display the genius and the iconoclastic persona of an artist who was ranked with Picasso and Stravinsky. It demonstrates why her legacy continues to captivate audiences into the 21st century.
Conceived, staged and directed by Richard Move, Martha@... The 1963 Interview was developed in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
A TEDGlobal 2010 Oxford Fellow, Richard Move’s acclaimed portrayal of Graham began in 1996 with Martha@Mother.
Richard Move will perform four startling solos of Martha Graham – Night Journey, Clytemnestra, Episodes, Part 1 and Lamentation – from 27 to 29 June at the Asian Civilisations Museum as part of The O.P.E.N. Free with The O.P.E.N. pass, available from April 2014.