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Buzz, 4-12: Same ol' Lamentation
Vision of the Latest Graham Apocalypse
Copyright 2006 The Dance Insider
Well, this is great.
Janet Eilber, the artistic director du jour of the Martha Graham
entities, is now inferring -- to Elizabeth Zimmer in this
week's Village Voice -- that Terese Capucilli and Christine
Dakin, the Martha Graham Dance Company's strongest pillars during
the dark Protas decade, did not have the stuff to change with the
times. No, it took Eilber -- who wouldn't even commit to live in
the same town as the dancers when she replaced the fired
Capucilli and Dakin as director last year -- to lead the oldest
and arguably most important modern dance company in the world into
a future that quickly assumed the contours of the dustbin of history.
We trusted Graham board chair Francis Mason when, in 2000, he told
us the company had to be suspended in order to be born whole again,
supporting the company throughout its lawsuit with Protas, only
to see his board celebrate their triumph
in wresting most of the Graham ballets from Protas with a fit of
overspending which now finds the company in what Zimmer reports
is a $4 million hole on the eve of its 80th birthday Tuesday. (That's
my analysis; Eilber places the blame elsewhere... as usual.) Not
for this Graham supporter to tell others whether to help the company
out of its latest crisis; I realize the stakes are high here. But
speaking personally, before I trust this Graham board again with
the future of one of our greatest treasures, it will take a gesture
on a par with Mason's firing Eilber and explaining why he did the
same to her predecessors. Call it tough love.