Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

All the Right Moves 

Dance troupe shows off fancy footwork — just like Braylon Edwards!

The esteemed Martha Graham Dance Company hasn't performed in Cleveland in more than a decade. America's oldest contemporary dance ensemble celebrates its 80th anniversary this year with a nationwide tour. It stops at Playhouse Square for a pair of performances this weekend. "The choreography will be brought to a new generation," says spokeswoman Michelle Jackson. "Martha Graham is an icon of the 20th century."The troupe will perform some of its classic pieces this weekend. It will also debut a long-lost work called "Ardent Song," which was first danced in the 1950s. But it's the 1936 opus "Chronicle" that'll wow audiences, says Jackson. It's all about the Wall Street crash of 1929, the Great Depression, and the Spanish Civil War. "All that pain and anguish — that's what is wonderful about it," she says. Jackson credits Graham for revolutionizing dance back in the day. "Prior to her, modern dance was this flowing, primeval thing," she says. "Her movement requires so much discipline. If you like football, you'll like Martha Graham. Her dancers know how to move — just like a great receiver knows what to do on the field." The Martha Graham Dance Company performs at 8 tonight and at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Ohio Theatre, 1511 Euclid Avenue. Tickets range from $18 to $60. Call 216-241-6000 or visit for more information.
Sat., Nov. 3, 2 p.m., 2007

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Highlights

More by Marge Perko

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation