|Blakeley White-McGuire. Photo: Costas|
Martha Graham at Joyce Theater for
Short solos by non-Graham choreographers managed to orbit gracefully around her giant presence. Witch Dance (1926), by Graham's counterpart in Germany, Mary Wigman, is a gem of economy and expressiveness. PeiJu Chien-Pott wore a mask/wig, forcing her terse, electric gestures to communicate. As she rose from a seated butterfly position, she transformed from bug-like to a larger kind of animal. In contrast, in Anna Sokolow’s “Allegro Misterioso” from Lyric Suite (1954), Xiaochuan Xie used percussive or lyrical moves to convey roiling internal emotions.