“Martha,” by Ellen Melaver, tells the story of one of the most iconic dancers/choreographers our world has ever known : the one, the only Martha Graham.
Starring Christina Carlisi in her one woman show, she gives voice to this incredible art maker whose movement and choreographic expression has informed countless dancers and has influenced the aesthetic of decades of dance. Brava to the exquisite Carlisi, who, in her portrayal of Graham, reveals an illustrious heroine. The show is clearly an emotional autobiographic account of Martha Graham s performing highlights of her career as she vividly remembers . Recalling her once youth and beauty , the truth of her brilliance is unmistakeable, as the audience can see it onstage as the projected photos of her youth tell a thousand words.
Her beauty and talent is not a thing of the past. It comes to full life onstage at the Whitefire, amidst a simple set, where this talented actress performs solo , remembering Martha’s vibrancy and telling her stories in a mellifluous voice, acting them out with her articulate body and vivid facial expressions. She sometimes uses a gesture; sometimes a dance, recalling her past performances; love of her life Erick Hawkins; and dancing figurative duets with her younger image.
Multiple decades is a lot to pack into one single performance, yet the efficiency of this 85 minute show, directed by Stewart J. Zully, is quite an achievement and tour de force.
Through April 16 Sundays 7:30pm
Whitefire Theatre 13500 Ventura Blvd
for reservations 818 6878559