Rediscover Martha Graham's Genius in Carlos Surinach's 'Embattled Garden'
9th April 2018
Surinach was born on 4 March 1915 in Barcelona and was among his century's premier composers for the dance. His works combined the fiery imagery of his native Spain with the technical sophistication of his German musical education. Graham's approach is forceful and rife with symbolism, and characteristically straightforward in its handling of female sexual desire. This work presages the sexual revolution of the 1960s and Edward Albee's 1962 play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Graham's dance resembles Albee's play, in which an older couple destroys a younger one.
Embattled Garden was premiered 3 April 1958 at the Adelphi Theater in New York City.
Martha Graham Company
City Center, New York
11 April 2018
13 April 2013