A week after Hurricane Sandy drowned the East Coast, news of damage from the storm is still trickling in. This weekend brought an especially depressing bulletin: The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance lost some of its historic sets and costumes to Sandy-related flooding.
Materials for Graham dances Clytemnestra, Cave of the Heart, Embattled Garden and Errand into the Maze were all submerged under six feet of water in the basement of the company’s new home at the Westbeth artists complex. And many of the items aren’t the kinds of things you can just make again. Some of the sets were built by legendary artist Isamu Noguchi himself. While the company is still assessing the extent of the damage, the whole situation seems pretty devastating.