Brigid Pierce

This week and next, New York's Martha Graham Dance Company is performing a 1930s-era piece in front of a backdrop designed by Frank Gehry, FAIA, as part of a program called Shape&Design held at the city's Joyce Theater. The dance company describes the 1936 piece as "[a] stark, explosive response to the devastation and isolation that war leave in its wake." (The website has a video of the piece sans the Gehry addition.)

The company honored Gehry and Peter Arnell, who made a photo montage of the company, at an opening gala earlier this week, and is holding two more "Steps in the Street" performances with the Gehry collaboration. Tickets are available here.

Brigid Pierce