Performing Martha Graham at Eugene Lang College
In 2006, a group of Lang students were given a remarkable opportunity: to dance under the direction of Yuriko Kikuchi, former soloist and rehearsal director for Martha Graham. In this rehearsal, Yuriko helps students understand the emotions as well as the complex choreography of “Steps in the Street,” an excerpt from Martha Graham’s work Chronicle, which premiered in 1936. In addition to rehearsing with Yuriko, students studied the Martha Graham technique and influences on Graham’s work with Ellen Graff, director of programs at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. “Steps in the Street” was performed in the 2006 Lang Spring Dance Concert.