Greenwich Library hosting Martha Graham Dance Company

The series begins Oct. 14 with a benefit event called “Opening Night,” chaired by Greenwich residents Sharon Philips and Sophia Tawil, and jointly sponsored by the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of Greenwich Library. A celebratory cocktail party in the library’s Reading Room will follow the performance. Dancers from the company will join the festivities. Tickets are available for purchase at www.greenwichlibrary.org/openingnight.

The repertoire to be performed includes “Suite from Appalachian Spring,” “Spectre-1914” and excerpts from “Canticle for Innocent Comedians.” Funds from the inaugural event will support the upcoming season of programs in the Berkley Theater, including two public performances at 2 and 7 pm Oct. 15 plus a year-long array of cultural and educational experiences.

The Saturday afternoon and evening performances are free and open to all who register, sponsored by the Friends of Greenwich Library. Registration opens Sept. 23, and is available on the library’s calendar.

The Martha Graham Dance Company has been a world leader in the evolving art form of modern dance since its founding in 1926. Today, the company is embracing a new programming vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists. With programs that offer a rich thematic narrative, the Company creates new platforms for contemporary dance and multiple points of access for audiences, according to Kate Petrov, public relations officer at Greenwich Library.

Since its inception, the Martha Graham Dance Company has received international acclaim in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Russia and the Middle East. The company has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House, Covent Garden and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as at the base of the Great Pyramids in Egypt and in the ancient Herod Atticus Theater on the Acropolis in Athens.

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