County of Fairfax, Virginia
The Robert Ames Alden Theatre
at the McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA 22101
Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah
Director of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
Contemporary Dance Wonder Martha Graham Dance Company to Appear in the Intimate Alden Theatre
McLean, Va.—The Alden in McLean will start this fall’s series of international touring artists at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, with Martha Graham Dance Company. Tickets are $35 to $50. The theatre is located inside the McLean Community Center at 1234 Ingleside Ave., inside the Beltway and minutes from the GW Parkway and Tysons. Parking is free and abundant.
Martha Graham has had a deep and lasting impact on American art and culture. She single-handedly defined contemporary dance as a uniquely American art form, which the nation has in turn shared with the world. Crossing artistic boundaries, she collaborated with and commissioned work from the leading visual artists, musicians and designers of her day, and in 1998 was named “Dancer of the Century” by Time Magazine.
Martha Graham Dance Company has been innovating the world of contemporary dance since 1924, and this program will combine original Graham work with newly commissioned pieces. Graham’s “Diversion of Angels,” “Errand into the Maze” and “Dark Meadow Suite” will be paired with Pontus Lidberg’s “Woodland,” which received its world premiere this past April.
The program also includes “Lamentation Variations” inspired by Graham’s original work “Lamentations” and commissioned to commemorate the tragedies on 9/11. Choreographers Aszure Barton (Broadway revival production of “The Threepenny Opera”), Liz Gerring (“mix of purity and athleticism [that] is strong, clean, bold and exciting” –The New York Times) and Sonya Tayeh (Emmy Award nominee for “So You Think You Can Dance”) each created a movement in reaction to the Graham film for the current company of Graham dancers.
Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.
About the Alden
Built in 1975, the 383-seat Robert Ames Alden Theatre, “The Alden,” is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area that presents a full professional season of interdisciplinary and high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.
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The Robert Ames Alden Theatre is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean that presents high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden Theatre is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.