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.
The Art Gallery is located on Level 3 and can be accessed by stairs and lifts from Level G or via the Sculpture Court if coming from outside.
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Doors normally in open position during exhibition hours. Ticket desk 98cm with a drop section of 76cm. Step-free access on each floor of the Art Gallery.
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Large-print exhibition information
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