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Martha Graham: Lamentation

Image of Martha Graham performing Lamantation

Yolande Yorke-Edgell and Freya Jeffs of Yorke Dance Project perform Martha Graham’s expressionist solo masterpiece Lamentation throughout the afternoon in our Noguchi Exhibition

Throughout their career-long association, Isamu Noguchi created innovative set designs that could platform Martha Graham’s ground-breaking technique, based around her founding principles of contraction and release, exploring the depth and diversity of human emotion.  

Set to music by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, Graham herself performed Lamentation at its premiere in 1930. The dancer is encased in a tube of purple jersey with the choreography’s powerful diagonals and thrilling economy epitomising grief. Taking place among Noguchi’s indoor garden of sculptures on the lower floor of the Art Gallery, contrasting with his iconic delicate Akari lamps, the setting will be evocative of a Noguchi theatre stage design.


Performances will take place on the hour with first starting at midday and the last at 5pm. The perfomances will last roughly 10 minutes.

Anyone in the gallery on the afternoon of the 16th October is welcome to watch a performance. 


An image of Noguchi carving in his studio

Introducing Isamu Noguchi

Assistant Curator at The Noguchi Museum in New York, Kate Wiener introduces the life and work of Japanese American sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, drawing from Noguchi’s autobiographical writings and documents from The Noguchi Museum Archives.

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