new york

Martha Graham Dance Company

brooklyn academy of music

“Radical Graham,” a selection of 14 works from Martha Graham’s more than 70-year choreographic career presented over ten days, provided a savvy kickoff to the 1994 season of BAM’s Next Wave Festival. Featuring a revival of the 1918 Serenata Morisca, the evening-length dance drama Clytemnestra, 1958, and her very last choreographic jewel, Maple Leaf Rag, 1990, this celebration of Graham’s oeuvre one hundred years after her birth showed the work to be every bit as complex today as it was during her lifetime.

Indeed, Graham remains forever radical. The brute sexuality that became a part of her signature is as potent as ever. Errand into the Maze, based on the story of Theseus and Ariadne, is a voluptuous illustration of the kind of sexual energy that Camille Paglia has described as the “chthonian,” something that emanates from the very entrails of the earth. This spare work begins with a single

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