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Modern dance marvel the Martha Graham Dance Company will visit Nebraska’s Home for the Arts, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, on Jan. 28 to perform Graham’s masterpiece, “Appalachian Spring,” with music by Aaron Copland. Known for its beauty, grace, power, sensuality, and precision onstage, the Martha Graham Dance Company continues the Lied Center’s long tradition of presenting some of the most celebrated dance companies in the United States including the Joffrey Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

“You can’t talk about modern dance without mentioning Martha Graham’s incredible contribution to the art form,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center for Performing Arts. “Martha Graham Dance Company is known for expressing beauty and grace in their performances. Their shows are so diverse and range from sensual movement to earth shattering athletic precision. Graham’s work has garnered recognition from the Kennedy Center and even the White House. This is truly an extraordinary opportunity to see the work of one of modern dance’s greatest treasures right here in Nebraska.”

Recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century Martha Graham created a movement language based upon the expressive capacity of the human body. It all began in 1926 when Martha Graham started teaching a group of dancers who had been drawn to her creative work. Thus began the Martha Graham Studio, to remain under her personal guidance for the next 66 years.

The Martha Graham Dance Company has been a leader in the development of contemporary dance since its founding. Informed by the expansive vision of pioneering choreographer Martha Graham, the Company brings to life a timeless and uniquely American style of dance that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences. Graham and her Company have expanded contemporary dance’s vocabulary of movement and forever altered the scope of the art form by rooting works in contemporary social, political, psychological, and sexual contexts, deepening their impact and resonance.

Always a fertile ground for experimentation, Martha Graham Dance Company has been an unparalleled resource in nurturing many of the leading choreographers and dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her groundbreaking techniques and unmistakable style have earned the Company acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

The Martha Graham Dance Company is being co-presented with the Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium (IAS). IAS is sponsored by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, presented, in part, by the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and funded, in part, by the Hixson-Lied Endowment.

The Lied Center extends a very special “thanks” to sponsor Priscilla Grew without whom this performance would not be possible.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Martha Graham Dance Company’s performance on Jan. 28 are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets start at just $36 for adults, $18 for students.