By Walter Rutledge
Abdiel Jacobsen rise in the Martha Graham Dance Company is best described as meteoric. In true Graham drama, apprentice Jacobsen made his New York City company debut in 2012 performing Graham’s masterwork Errand In The Maze. Performing opposite internationally acclaimed Russian ballerina Diana Vishneva, his impressive debut endeared himself to both audiences and critics. Now a principal dancer with the Graham Company Jacobsen is looking forward to the New York City season April 11 through 14 at New York City Center.
Sacred/Profane, the theme of the 2018 season, will present five Graham classics, two new commissioned works by Lucinda Childs and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and a special presentation of Lar Lubovitch’s Legend of Ten in celebration of his Company’s 50th anniversary. Jacobsen will perform the role of the Shaman in Graham’s Rite of Spring, the Stranger/Serpent in the Garden of Eden melodrama Embattled Garden, and a leading role in Legend of Ten. O&A NYC Editor In Chief Walter Rutledge and Jacobsen discussed the upcoming season, his creative process and all things Graham.
A Conversation With Abdiel Jacobsen
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