For the last three weeks, students from the University of Minnesota's dance program have been working hard to animate a work created 80 years ago by Martha Graham. This weekend, they will perform "Panorama" with the Martha Graham Dance Company at Northrop.
Hibbard Nash Photography Martha Graham Dance Company, "The Rite of Spring"
"'Panorama' is partly about a consciousness of injustice that caused people to collectively unite and make change," says Susan Kikuchi, a former Graham dancer who is working with the students. Graham was certainly committed to social justice; she protested anti-Semitism by refusing to go the Berlin Olympics in 1936 because she had Jewish dancers in her troupe. Graham was also one of the first choreographers to invite Asians and African Americans into her company.
These are values millennial students can certainly relate to, along with the idea of artists as rebels and visionaries.