Martha Graham, one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century, is equally the foremost influence in the career of Dance Kaleidoscope's David Hochoy. As a young student, it was Hochoy's persistence that gained him entrance to study and train with Graham. Initially denied a place, he defied the order to stay out when the studio door closed. He flattened his body to the floor to peek in between frame and floor, so as to learn the exercises. Upon discovering his subterfuge, Graham remarked, "If you are that determined, come in."
Now, the former soloist for the Martha Graham Dance Company is presenting a tribute to his mentor with a program by the dancers of Dance Kaleidoscope, Passing the Flame: The Martha Graham Legacy. Featured is the first regional production of Graham's "Diversion of Angels," with music by Norman Dello Joio and costumes by Graham. Choreographed in 1948, she did not appear in the work. Rather, it was for her company to celebrate the rapture of youthful love and the joys of being alive.
The Feb. 16-19 program at Indiana Repertory Theatre also includes three works by Hochoy, in the idiom of Graham. "Farewell" was choreographed when Hochoy was a member of the Graham Company. "El Salon Mexico," set to the music of Aaron Copland, uses Graham's "archaic" style of movement from her "Greek" period in the early 1940s. "IconoGlass" celebrates Graham's unrelenting energy inspired by her favorite quote, "We have so little time to be born to the instant."
Show times are Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 17-18 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. The IRT is located at 140 W. Washington St. Tickets are $15-$34. Call 317-635-5252, online at Indianarep.com. Group sales: 317-940-6555. Information: www.dancekal.org.