Creation for Martha Graham Dance Company
First performance: April 2, 2016
Choreography: Pontus Lidberg
Music: Irving Fine
Costume Design: Reid and Harriet Design
Light Design: Nick Hung

Paying tribute to an extraordinary legacy is a new Library of Congress commission, Woodland, by Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg, set to music by Irving Fine. Co-commissioned by the Verna and Irving Fine Fund and the Martha Graham Dance Company, Woodland received its world premiere performance at the Library of Congress on April 1, 2016.
PRESS QUOTES
"The dancing in Pontus Lidberg’s “Woodland,” set to string music by Irving Fine, was entirely fresh, too. This piece is related to classic Graham in the drama it creates between its isolated female soloist (Xin Ying) and the ensemble of four couples. The couples, following the formula now standard in much choreography, were male-male, female-female, male-female and female-male; and Ms. Xin’s isolation poignantly suggests that she would like some of what they’re having. It’s a shapely, touching work, with sharp, piercing moments of real Graham incisiveness."
ALASTAIR MACAULAY, THE NEW YORK TIMES, APRIL 19, 2016