Bryn Mawr and Haverford students dance in works ranging from ballet to African, from modern to Hip-hop, created by noted Philadelphia choreographers Myra Bazell, Melanie Cotton, Nia Eubanks-Dixon, Meg Foley, and Nora Gibson and student choreographer Sofia Ranalli. This year’s concert will also feature our students performing the landmark 1936 Martha Graham work, Steps in the Street, directed by former Graham dancer and licensed reconstructor, Jennifer Conley.
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This spring, 11 Bryn Mawr and Haverford students have been engaged in the exciting and rigorous project of bringing a dance from the historical canon back to life. Steps in the Street, choreographed by the monumental U.S. choreographer Martha Graham in 1936 and danced to a score by Wallingford Riegger is excerpted from her larger work, Chronicle, Graham's response to the anguish of the Spanish Civil War. Steps in the Street represents a powerful statement about the struggle of the individual against tyrannical forces. Former New York Times Critic Anna Kisselgoff '58 described the dance as an "one of her early stark works — revealing the exceptional mixture of simplicity of presentation and dazzling complexity of underlying structure that made Miss Graham the towering figure she is in 20th-century modern art. At the same time, these formal elements are channeled into a movement image that always evokes a deep emotional response." Graham was the recipient of Bryn Mawr College's M. Carey Thomas award in 1983.
Students worked with Jennifer Conley, a reconstructor for the Martha Graham Dance Company and a former member of both the Graham Company and Pearl Lang Dance Theatre. As part of the reconstruction project, students also studied Graham technique with Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, a former soloist with the Graham Company.