SPAC Also Adds Pre-Talk and Master Class to Martha Graham Lineup Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - The Martha Graham Dance Company will present Echo, a new work by choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, alongside classic Graham works Appalachian Spring and The Rite of Spring during its June 12, one-night-only engagement at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). The work, which had its world premiere on March 14 at the New York City Center during the company's spring season, is a contemporary reflection on the Greek myth of Narcissus and Echo. In support of the program, the company will present a master class on Saturday, June 7 at noon at the National Museum of Dance School of the Arts Studios as well as a 7 p.m. pre-talk by Artistic Director Janet Eilber immediately preceding the June 12 performance. "Martha Graham's profound influence on the dance world endures, not only through the remarkable repertory she created, but also through the vision of contemporary choreographers like Andonis Foniadakis who keep adding new layers to the modern dance vocabulary she helped pioneer at the beginning of the 20th century," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President & Executive Director. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase Mr. Foniadakis's new work Echo alongside two iconic Graham masterworks, Appalachian Spring and The Rite of Spring. It adds up to a stunning contemporary dance program and an energetic kick-off for Saratoga ArtsFest." Echo, commissioned by the Martha Graham Dance Company, is a contemporary reflection on the Greek myth of Narcissus and Echo. This high velocity ballet is for six dancers, featuring an original score by Foniadakis' longtime collaborator Julien Tarride and costumes by Anastasios Sofroniou. Mr. Foniadakis is an award-winning Paris-based choreographer whose previous collaborations have included commissions for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Geneva Ballet and Lyon Opera Ballet, among many others. Most recently, he was the movement coordinator for Darren Aronofsky's new film, Noah. A native of Crete, Greece, Foniadakis is now based in France where he has his own dance company Apotosoma. Foniadakis's Echo shares the program with previously announced Graham works Appalachian Spring and The Rite of Spring. All three works will have their SPAC debut for this performance which will serve as the kick-off to Saratoga Arts Fest 2014. Tickets for this amphitheatre-only performance are $30 ($15 for children 12 and under) and are available now at spac.org. Individuals with a SaratogaArtsFest ARTSPASS are entitled to a $5 discount. SPAC also announced that it will offer two educational events in conjunction with the Martha Graham Dance Company's SPAC performance: SAT., JUNE 7 | Ballet Master Class with Denise Vale A Master Class for advanced/intermediate dancers will be led by Denise Vale, former principal dancer and current senior artistic associate of the Graham Dance Company. This workshop will explore the famed physical vocabulary created by Martha Graham including her concept of "contraction and release." Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Place: National Museum of Dance/School of the Arts Studios, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs Cost: Reservations can be made online at spac.org; $20 general or $15 for dance students For more information: Questions regarding the class and eligibility can be directed to the Dance Museum's School of the Arts at 518.584.2225 ext. 3008 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org THURS, JUNE 12 | Pre-Performance Talk with Janet Eilber Janet Eilber has been the artistic director of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance since 2005. Her direction has focused on creating new forms of audience access to the Graham masterworks including designing contextual programming, educational and community partnerships and the use of new media, commissions and creative events. A principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company early in her career, Ms. Eilber worked closely with Martha Graham. She danced many of Graham's greatest roles, had roles created for her by Graham, and was directed by Graham in most of the major roles of the repertoire. Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., immediately preceding the performance Place: Hall of Springs, Gold Room, Saratoga Springs, NY Cost: Reservations can be made online at spac.org; $5 About Martha Graham Dance Company Since its inception, the Martha Graham Dance Comany has received international acclaim from audiences in over 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The company has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House, Covent Garden, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as at the base of the Great Pyramids of Egypt and in the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. In addition, the company has produced several award-winning films that have been broadcast on PBS and around the world. The Martha Graham Dance Company last performed at SPAC in 2008. Its 2014 engagement at SPAC coincides with its residency at Skidmore College from June 1 - 21.