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Martha Graham Dance Company

with Members of the Berkeley Symphony

Marc Shapiro, piano

January 31 & February 1, 2014


Appalachian Spring (music: Copland)
Cave of the Heart (music: Barber)
Maple Leaf Rag (music: Joplin)

Cal Performances is thrilled to welcome back the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company for the first time in many seasons for a program of signature works. Graham dug deep into the American psyche to define a new, homegrown, emotionally charged, and socially engaged contemporary dance that would influence generations to come. Her Appalachian Spring is a snapshot of a thrilling moment in dance history: premiered in 1944, it featured a score by Aaron Copland that earned him a Pulitzer Prize; Graham danced the lead, opposite Merce Cunningham. The program also includes Cave of the Heart (1946), based on the story of Medea, and Maple Leaf Rag (1990), a playful tribute to the ragtime music of Graham's youth.

Related Events

Discover, Engage: Education & Community Programs Education & Community Event: Residency
Dance Workshop
Sat, Jan 25, 11 am - 1 pm
Bancroft Dance Studio
TDPS presents a workshop in Graham technique taught by Marni Thomas Wood. Free and open to the public; however capacity is limited and you must be 18 or older to participate.
Reservations recommended:

Education & Community Event: Residency
Artist Talk
Fri, Jan 31, 6 pm
Durham Studio
Join Marni Thomas Wood, the Director Emerita of both the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and TDPS' Dance Program as she discusses her life's work and artistic endeavors. Learn about the intricacies of Martha Graham Dance technique as Ms. Wood shares her stories both as dancer and educator within this remarkable and historical form of dance. Presented with the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

Donor Event: Donor Intermission
Fri, Jan 31
Sat, Feb 1
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1,500+)

During select performances throughout the season, Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments in our donor lounge, the Zellerbach Room, located on the north side of the Zellerbach Hall lobby. For especially popular events, find us on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall. Donor Intermissions are the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Parking Alerts

Parking may be a problem on campus for the Saturday performance due to a Cal Men's Basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.


Cave of the Heart/Medea solo

Maple Leaf Rag

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Fri, Jan 31, 8 pm
Sat, Feb 1, 8 pm