Martha Graham Dance Company will launch this year’s series with Steps In the Streets and Prelude to Action from the 1936 piece Chronicle, a work created by Martha Graham in response to the menace of fascism in Europe. These two excerpts evoke the devastation that war leaves in its wake but also induces a rallying call to action that suggests a powerful answer. The work is one of the very few dances Graham made which express explicitly political ideas. An all-female cast performs the stark, geometric choreography — percussive, angular, and always visceral — in which the powerful tension of Graham’s early movement is still present today.
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