Pearl Lang obit
Posted 26 February 2009 - 11:25 AM
It is with great sadness that we bring you news of the death of the great American dance artist and teacher, Pearl Lang. Pearl passed away on February 24 at the age of 87. She suffered a heart attack while recovering from recent hip surgery. Pearl was still teaching the advanced class at the Graham School weeks before her surgery and her renowned composition course as recently as last summer. She will be remembered by generations of Graham dancers for her dedication, passion and her unrelenting commitment to the highest ideals of the art form. Her influence in the Graham world is immeasurable. We will miss her profoundly.
A short film celebrating Pearl is posted on our web site at www.marthagraham.org
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 11:32 AM
Posted 26 February 2009 - 05:30 PM
Rest in peace dear Pearl.
Posted 26 February 2009 - 05:34 PM
Posted 27 February 2009 - 10:23 AM
Posted 27 February 2009 - 11:03 AM
Yes, the Kandinsky slash of red is talked about in the video filmed at Paris Opera in 1991, I believe it's 'five dances by martha graham'. And the Woman in Red always moves in very sharp, slashing ways, so different from the White and Yellow. I adore the piece, and would love to have seen Ms. Lang in it (and anything else.) The number of unique dancers that emerged from Graham's company over the many years and 'periods' it had is staggering.
Posted 12 March 2009 - 11:07 AM
Posted 13 March 2009 - 05:54 AM
(And I wish my Yiddish were better so that I could read the Yiddish edition too...)
I'll be attending two performances of the Graham company in Paris next April (I haven't seen them for years and years), I'll think about Ms Lang when seeing "Diversion of Angels" (so far I've seen it only on video).
Posted 13 March 2009 - 12:40 PM
It's one of my all-time favorite works. If you can, listen to the score before you go. It's not like Balanchine in a structural sense, but the music is so beautiful that sometimes I lose track of the choreography.
Posted 13 March 2009 - 05:19 PM
Agree totally about the gorgeous score. Especially love that soaring figure that comes in with the the Woman in White as she swirls, so romantic, you can't even believe it--Dello Joio had it, and is barely remembered, dying a year or so ago very old. The whole piece is total enchantment with the Kali-like Woman in Red sharp and bladelike, and sometimes there's a girl in yellow who can throw her back with total abandon to be caught by her partner (I think the one I've seen on video from 1991 has one like this, at Paris Opera.) also, the music at the very end, after the Woman in Red makes her final sweep across and the woman in White is crowned. Amazing piece.
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