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Martha Graham Dance Company

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Martha Graham Dance Company

Martha Graham Dance Company 

When: April 22-23, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $10-$59

FRIDAY, APRIL 22–SATURDAY, APRIL 23

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY

We very nearly lost Martha Graham. The modern dance matriarch's company ceased operations and cancelled performances—including a season opener at the American Dance Festival—when Graham's hand-picked successor revoked all performance rights to her work in a 2000 power play with the company's board of directors. The company's future remained in limbo for two years. But since then, artistic director Janet Eilber has given it new life, curating Graham's classics—including the Medea-based Cave of the Heart and the sexually symbolic Dark Meadow Suite—and commissioning new works like Woodland by Pontus Lidberg and Inner Resources by Marie Chouinard, whose Gymnopédies you might have caught at Carolina Performing Arts in January. See all four at Memorial Hall this weekend. —Byron Woods

UNC'S MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL 8 p.m., $29–$59, www.carolinaperformingarts.org

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