By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After more than a decade, the Martha Graham Dance Company is coming back to Philadelphia for performances at the Prince Theater in Center City, which include her most famous works.

“When you watch Appalachian Spring, you don’t forget it,” says Randy Swartz — artistic director of the presenter, NextMove Dance. “A great genius, Martha Graham, created this extraordinary work, and we have her company performing it. Philadelphia should be very proud.”

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Graham celebrated her 60th anniversary in Philadelphia, receiving the Philadelphia Bowl by then-mayor Wilson Goode. And Swartz says she showed off her famous kick:

“She still had the ability to kick her leg over her ear, and she demonstrated it at 92.”

Lamentation Variations (Credit: Brigid Pierce)

Lamentation Variations (Credit: Brigid Pierce)

There will be six performances beginning November 3rd at the Prince Theater at 1412 Chestnut Street.

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Graham has been called the “dancer of the century” and Swartz says seeing a Martha Graham dance should be something on everyone’s must do list.

Additional activities include pre-performance introductory remarks by artistic director Janet Eilber and two post-performance chats following the Friday 8 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. performances.


And for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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