Performed to music by Christoph Willibald Gluck, "Suite" from Alceste premiered on May 27, 1926, at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. The original cast included Graham with Thelma Biracree, Evelyn Sabin, Betty Macdonald, Jean Hurvitz, Robert Ross, Harold Kolb, Harold Conkling, and Henry Riebeselle. On August 20-21, 1926, and November 28, 1926, the work appeared as "Prelude" from Alceste, performed by Martha Graham, Evelyn Sabin, Betty Macdonald, and Rosina Savelli.
In praising the performance, the Democrat (Rochester, NY) of May 29, 1926, noted, "The women revealed last night the imagination and instinct for graceful pose that must be added to technical skill in this difficult art…they have been taught the essentials of bodily grace and muscular control, they have been taught that even a motionless pose, or even a prostrate figure may have beauty and meaning… as much must be said for the young men dancers." In an interview with Graham for Dance Magazine (March 1927), Frances McClernan Kemp asked, "The prelude from Alceste-- [is] a sarabande movement within a Greek tragedy. How would [you] dance this anachronism?" Graham replied, "But it will not be a sarabande. It will be the shadow of the sarabande--the spirit that lies beneath the formal pattern of the old dance. One cannot hope, to reproduce a dance that is of another country, or another age. To do so would merely be imitation."