Janet Eilber, the Martha Graham Company’s artistic director, appeared in the audience with a microphone to give helpful pre-show program notes during her troupe’s run at the Joyce this month. This was a good idea, not only because she is supremely elegant in voice and bearing—she should record books on tape or host an arts talk show—but also because the programs were challenging and a little hand-holding goes a long way. The current season is titled “The EVE Project” in honor of the upcoming centenary of women’s suffrage. Every program explored the power of women and, remarkably, all of the choreographers were female. Any Graham season inherently revolves around feminist themes, but at the two performances I attended this message had more bite than usual.
Xin Ying in Martha Graham’s “Chronicle.” Photograph by Melissa Sherwood