Monday, April 8, 2013

An Appalachian Spring Festival (2)

There were two great articles in the last few days about this week’s Appalachian Spring Festival at the Baltimore School for the Arts, one in the Baltimore Sun, here, and one in the Washington Post, here. (The Sun piece mentions Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring and the story it tells as an impetus for the festival, which is great to read.) Reading the Sun and Post articles, I’m struck by how wonderfully this festival agrees with the closing lines of Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s text: 

     New dancers will take their turns 
     to move to Aaron Copland’s music,
     to interpret Martha Graham’s steps,
     to dance through Isamu Noguchi’s set.

     And the collaboration will be created anew. 

I look forward to this coming weekend in Baltimore, to meeting the students who’ve spent so much time with this work, and talking with them about it and about making the book! Festival details are here

This weekend is also Baltimore’s 10th Annual CityLit Festival, and I’m glad to be a part of that event, as well, and looking forward to speaking at the Enoch Pratt Free Library about my work. Details are here

Above: opening night, 1944, from Ballet for Martha.

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