The Martha Graham Dance Company’s EVE Project, a two-year initiative, will commemorate the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the power to vote, the company announced on Monday.
As a part of the project, from 2018 to 2020, several female choreographers, including Pam Tanowitz, Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith, have been commissioned to create works for the 2018-19 season. (Commissions for the 2019-20 season will be announced in the fall.) The season’s repertory offerings will also focus on female power.
“The EVE Project is intended to connect audiences — in the ephemeral and visceral way dance does — to both historical and contemporary ideas of the feminine,” Janet Eilber, the artistic director of the company, said in a statement.
Ms. Tanowitz’s new piece will receive its world premiere at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, Calif., in March 2019 before being performed as a part of the Martha Graham Dance Company’s two-week engagement at the Joyce Theater in Manhattan in April. Ms. Doyle and Ms. Smith’s co-creation will have its debut during the Joyce season.
Annie-B Parson’s “I used to love you,” based on Graham’s “Punch and Judy” ballet and the duet from Lucinda Child’s “Histoire” will also be performed at the Joyce and elsewhere as a part of the EVE Project.
As always, a sizable portion of the company’s season will be made up of dances by its founder, including “Chronicle” (1936), a dance for 12 women; “Diversion of Angels” (1948); and the original version of “Secular Games” (1962), which hasn’t been performed for decades.
The company’s touring schedule will include stops in the United States, France, Romania, China.