The Martha Graham Dance Company will perform Friday at Fairfield University's Quick Center.

After the 8 p.m. performance, there will be a post-show "Art-to-Heart Q & A" with the company and them the audience is invited to join the dancers at a reception in the Quick Center lobby to mark the 20th anniversary of the Quick Center.

The Martha Graham Dance Company was founded in 1926, and has been known for a distinctive American style of dance, which has been influential among generations of artists.

The local program will be diverse and timely, according to a statement from the Quick Center.

It will include the classic "Appalachian Spring" (1944), for which Aaron Copland wrote the score. In 1942, Graham received a commission for a new ballet to be premiered at the Library of Congress. She called the new dance "Appalachian Spring," after a poem by Hart Crane.

"Lamentation Variations" was conceived in 2007 to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The work is based on a film from the early 1930s of Graham dancing movements from her then-new solo, "Lamentation." The choreographers were each invited to create a movement study in reaction to the Graham film for the current company of Graham dancers.

"Prelude and Revolt" is a suite of dances that traces the emergence of Graham's theater and movement vocabulary from her student days at the Denishawn School -- she studied there from 1916 until 1924 -- to the imagery of "Steps in the Street" from 1936.

Tickets cost are $45, $40 and $35. They are on sale online at or from the box office at 203-254-4010; toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.