The Martha Graham Dance Company held a knockout four-evening performance March 19th-22nd, 2014, celebrating the Graham-Greek connection, bringing the company once again to the stages of Manhattan.
The events were held at the New York City Center and premiered international sensations Andonis Foniadakis and Nacho Duato, in addition to the new Graham's Clytemnestra production. These events commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Appalachian Spring and the 30th Anniversary of The Rite of Spring.
The affairs kicked off with an extravagant Opening Night Gala, honoring Her Royal Highness Princess Katherine of Serbia who is the beloved daughter of Greece and the founder of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, along with Kitty P. Kyriacopoulos who is a noted educational philanthropist and pioneering female entrepreneur. A special tribute was granted to internationally acclaimed fine jewelry designer and founder of Greek gold, the late Ilias Lalaounis, whose wife accepted the recognition on his behalf.
Opening Night was followed by dinner and dancing at the Plaza Hotel. Each respective accomplished women accepted a generous gift from The Martha Graham Dance Company. All three offered a heartfelt and humble impromptu speech thanking the Company. The energy in the room could be felt by all.
The global premiere of Echo by Andonis Foniadakis was offered by the Martha Graham Dance Company, with special guests from The Greek National School of Dance and Graham 2. As Her Royal Highness Princess Katherine of Serbia rightfully stated: "Martha Graham's heartbeat can be felt in each of the dancers onstage tonight".