Ekstasis, lost and found!

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Newly added to Program A and C!

Martha Graham’s Ekstasis is a “lost” solo no longer!

Virginie Mecene’s meticulous research uncovered photos and writings –
reimagined by Virginie Mécène for PeiJu Chien-Pott.

Performed to haunting new music by the Spanish composer Ramon Humet.

Don’t miss this this stunning new classic reborn.

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In Ekstasis, Graham discovered, for herself, the relationship between hip and shoulder as she experimented with the thrust gesture of the pelvis. Ekstasis reimagined follows the same idea and explores “a cycle of distortion” that brings us to our core where ancestral memories dwell. Ramon Humet’s haunting music, based on the poetry by Mario Lucarda, evokes the same ideas. The dance and the music, working side by side, bring us to the moment, to the core of our own being.

 

 
Virgine Mécène is a former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and served as director of the Martha Graham School from 2007-2015. She has directed numerous works of Martha Graham and has taught the Graham Technique at multiple national and international conferences. Ms. Mécène holds a License Professionnelle in Artistic and Cultural Management from the University of Bourgogne and a C.A.E. in Jazz from the Fédération Française de la Danse. She is currently the Program Director for the Two-Year Certificate Program at the Martha Graham School and the Artistic Director of Graham 2.
 
Ramon Humet (composer) – After studying composition with Josep Soler, he met the British composer Jonathan Harvey, an encounter that deeply marked his creative path. Awarded the Olivier Messiaen International Composition Prize 2007 and the Queen Sofia International Composition Prize 2006, and guest composer at the Palau de la Música Catalana in 2014, Mr. Humet has premiered works with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the Spanish National Symphony Orchestra. His opera-oratorio “Sky Disc” was commissioned by Halle Oper, Germany. His recent double CD “Homenaje a Martha Graham”, produced by the Neu Records label, has been recorded with a special surround 3D system.

Photos: Archival image of Martha Graham in Ekstasis.
PeiJu Chien-Pott in Ekstasis (reimagined) by Janet Eilber.

Discount Tickets: $30 Under 30

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Discount Tickets: $30 Under 30

30 or under? Lucky you!

Visit the Box Office at The Joyce and use
the code 30/30 to purchase $30 tickets!

 

Discount applies to the following performances:

Feb 14, 7:30pm
Feb 17, 8pm
Feb 19, 7:30pm
Feb 21, 7:30pm
Feb 24 8pm

For full program information or to purchase full price tickets, visit Joyce.org

Photo: Xin Ying and Abdiel Jacobsen in a rehearsal of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Mosaic. Photo by Brigid Pierce

Graham Deconstructed: Primitive Mysteries

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Graham Deconstructed

Primitive Mysteries

Join us in celebrating the 86th Anniversary of
Martha Graham’s masterpiece Primitive Mysteries

 

February 2, 2017 – 7pm

 

  • Reading of The Third From the Left, a play by Jean Colonomos, Graham alumna and former Primitive Mysteries dancer
  • Rehearsal run-through of Primitive Mysteries featuring the Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Launch of a new exhibit for Google Arts and Culture featuring an essay by Neil Baldwin
  • Cake in honor of the 86th birthday of Primitive Mysteries

 
Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th floor

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door

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The Third From the Left – The story about the 1964 revival of Martha Graham’s masterpiece, Primitive Mysteries, is reborn. As a former Graham dancer, Ms. Colonomos recounts five women’s struggle to master this back-breaking choreography. The play is about modern dance, dancers and the genius of Martha Graham.

Jean Colonomos began her career in the Arts as a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. She then wrote about dance for various publications in New York City during the ’60s and ‘70s. During this time Ms. Colonomos became a produced playwright and a poet. In 2006 her play, The Third from the Left, was first performed in Edinburgh and in 2008, it debuted in America at New York’s International Fringe Festival. The play received excellent reviews, notably in the New York Times. For her play, Black Dawn, about female Cambodian survivors of the Pol Pot regime suffering from psychogenic blindness, she and her director, Jon Lawrence Rivera, received Citations from the City of Los Angeles. Ms. Colonomos’ poetry has been published in over fifty online and print publications. For more, visit jeancolonomos.weebly.com.

Neil Baldwin, author of the forthcoming Martha Graham: When Dance Became Modern (under contract with Alfred A. Knopf) sat in on MGC rehearsals under the guidance of Denise Vale for the revival of Primitive Mysteries and has written a new essay with his observations exploring the complex genesis of this modernist masterpiece.

About the Graham Studio Series

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The Martha Graham Dance Company welcomes guests, patrons and fans into its West Village studios for intimate performances along with a glass of wine. The 2016-2017 Season the Company will host eleven performances, under the themes: GrahamDeconstructed, NEW@Graham, and Shoot the Dancers. For the first time ever, we have made the full Studio Series available as a season package.

GrahamDeconstructed

A unique opportunity to view great Graham works up close and hear about the artistic and historical context of their creation from Artistic Director Janet Eilber. The program offers a glimpse of the artistic labor that goes on every day at the Martha Graham studios to preserve and augment Martha Graham’s great legacy.


NEW@Graham

Introducing the audience to the Company’s newest commissions, by offering a sneak-peek of the work before its premiere. After each performance, Artistic Director Janet Eilber hosts a conversation with the commissioned choreographer and the audience.


Shoot the Dancers

Audiences are invited to learn the secrets behind the images of leading dance photographers. Following a conversation with the artists, the Company takes the stage. The audience is invited to take out their own cameras and catch the Graham dancers in motion.

 
Purchase Subscription Package

Photo of Martha Graham in Primitive Mysteries, 1931. Photo by Barbara Morgan.

2017 Season at The Joyce


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Our three diverse programs at the Joyce in February are collected under the season theme Sacred/Profane. Classic works by Martha Graham and works by four contemporary choreographers will be viewed through this lens highlighting the mystical, spiritual and humorous aspects of magical thinking.


Tickets start at $10.

Buy Tickets

THE JOYCE THEATER
175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800
Joyce.org

Graham masterworks this season include selections from Dark Meadow, which evoke the eternal search for connection; Primitive Mysteries, reflecting the purity found in the virgin myths of the Southwest; and Clytemnestra Act 2, with its ancient saga of family tragedy on a mythic scale. The Graham favorites Diversion of Angels and Maple Leaf Rag round out the line up.

The engagement also features Rust, by Nacho Duato, and Woodland, by Pontus Lidberg, both created for the Company in recent years. And we’ll premiere a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who draws on Sufi mysticism to create a piece set to traditional Middle Eastern music, and another by Annie-B Parson, inspired by Graham’s Punch and the Judy and exploring the domestic rough-and-tumble of that street theater classic.

Program A

Dark Meadow Suite
Pontus Lidberg’s Woodland
World Premiere by Annie-B Parson
Maple Leaf Rag

Running Time: 2 hours

Feb 14 at 7:30pm, Feb 16 at 8pm, Feb 19 at 7:30pm, Feb 24 at 8pm, Feb 26 at 2pm

Program B

Primitive Mysteries
Nacho Duato’s Rust
World Premiere by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Diversion of Angels

Running Time: 1 hour 50 mins

Feb 17, 18 at 8pm, Feb 21 at 7:30pm, Feb 23 at 8pm, Feb 25 at 2pm

Program C

Clytemnestra Act 2
World Premiere by Annie-B Parson
World Premiere by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Maple Leaf Rag

Running Time: 2 hours

Feb 19 at 2pm, Feb 22 at 7:30 m, Feb 25 at 8pm, Feb 26 at 7:30pm

Curtain Chat: Wed, Feb 22

…..

For information about the Sacred/Profane Gala
on February 15, click here

Tickets start at $10!

Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets.
All other tickets can be purchased online.

For tickets to our February 15 Gala click here.

Program is subject to change.

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New@Graham: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

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New@Graham

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – work in progress

 
January 6, 2017 – 3:30pm
January 11, 2017 – 7:00pm

 
Join us for a first look at Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s new work-in-progress, commissioned by the Martha Graham Dance Company

 
Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th floor

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door
and include a complimentary glass of wine.

Purchase Tickets   Subscription Package

 
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s debut as a choreographer was in 1999 with Andrew Wale’s contemporary musical Anonymous Society. Since then, he has made more than 20 fully-fledged choreographic pieces and picked up a slew of prestigious awards. In 2008, Sadler’s Wells named him as an Associate Artist, and since 2010 he has been artistic director of the Festival Equilibrio in Rome. In 2015 he was appointed as the new artistic director of the Royal Ballet Flanders. Cherkaoui also maintains his own company Eastmen, founded in 2010 in Antwerp.

About the Graham Studio Series

Graham Studio Series - new

The Martha Graham Dance Company welcomes guests, patrons and fans into its West Village studios for intimate performances along with a glass of wine. The 2016-2017 Season the Company will host eleven performances, under the themes: GrahamDeconstructed, NEW@Graham, and Shoot the Dancers. For the first time ever, we have made the full Studio Series available as a season package.

GrahamDeconstructed

A unique opportunity to view great Graham works up close and hear about the artistic and historical context of their creation from Artistic Director Janet Eilber. The program offers a glimpse of the artistic labor that goes on every day at the Martha Graham studios to preserve and augment Martha Graham’s great legacy.


NEW@Graham

Introducing the audience to the Company’s newest commissions, by offering a sneak-peek of the work before its premiere. After each performance, Artistic Director Janet Eilber hosts a conversation with the commissioned choreographer and the audience.


Shoot the Dancers

Audiences are invited to learn the secrets behind the images of leading dance photographers. Following a conversation with the artists, the Company takes the stage. The audience is invited to take out their own cameras and catch the Graham dancers in motion.

 
Purchase Subscription Package

Rehearsal photo of Anne O’Donnell and Lloyd Knight Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s work-in-progress by Brigid Pierce.

NEXT@Graham 2017


NEXT@Graham 2017

January 4, 2017 – 8:00pm

NEXT@Graham, the latest addition to the dynamic Martha Graham Studio Series, showcases the work of Graham Family members—including established and emerging Graham Alumni choreographers.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include a complimentary glass of wine.

Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune street, 11 floor

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Featured Guest Artist
Pascal Rioult/RIOULT Dance NY
performing “Wien”

Selected Graham Alumni Artists/Companies
Ariel Rivka Dance (NJ)
Hyphen/Catherine Cabeen (NY)
Karlie Budge (TN)
MMC Dance Company (NY)
Nimbus Dance Works (NJ)
SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble (TX)
Verb Ballets (OH)

Photo: RIOULT Dance NY in Wien. Photo by Basil Childers.

New@Graham

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New@Graham

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – work in progress

 
January 6, 2017 – 3:30pm
January 11, 2017 – 7:00pm

 
Join us for a first look at Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s new work-in-progress, commissioned by the Martha Graham Dance Company

 
Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th floor

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door
and include a complimentary glass of wine.

Purchase Tickets   Subscription Package

 
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s debut as a choreographer was in 1999 with Andrew Wale’s contemporary musical Anonymous Society. Since then, he has made more than 20 fully-fledged choreographic pieces and picked up a slew of prestigious awards. In 2008, Sadler’s Wells named him as an Associate Artist, and since 2010 he has been artistic director of the Festival Equilibrio in Rome. In 2015 he was appointed as the new artistic director of the Royal Ballet Flanders. Cherkaoui also maintains his own company Eastmen, founded in 2010 in Antwerp.

DMeadow

New@Graham

Annie-B Parson – work in progress

 
December 13 and 14, 2016
7:00 – 9:00pm

 
Join us for a first look at Annie-B Parson’s new work-in-progress
commissioned by the Martha Graham Dance Company

 
Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th floor

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door
and include a complimentary glass of wine.

Purchase Tickets   Subscription Package

 
Annie-B Parson co-founded Big Dance Theater in 1991. She has choreographed and co-created over 20 works for the company, ranging from pure dance pieces, to adaptations of found text, plays, and literature, to original works combining wildly disparate materials. Her work with Big Dance has been commissioned by Les Subsistances in Lyon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The National Theater of Paris/Chaillot, The Japan Society, The Walker Art Center, and many others, and has performed in scores of venues, most recently at Tanz Im August in Berlin.

About the Graham Studio Series

Graham Studio Series - new

The Martha Graham Dance Company welcomes guests, patrons and fans into its West Village studios for intimate performances along with a glass of wine. The 2016-2017 Season the Company will host eleven performances, under the themes: GrahamDeconstructed, NEW@Graham, and Shoot the Dancers. For the first time ever, we have made the full Studio Series available as a season package.

GrahamDeconstructed

A unique opportunity to view great Graham works up close and hear about the artistic and historical context of their creation from Artistic Director Janet Eilber. The program offers a glimpse of the artistic labor that goes on every day at the Martha Graham studios to preserve and augment Martha Graham’s great legacy.


NEW@Graham

Introducing the audience to the Company’s newest commissions, by offering a sneak-peek of the work before its premiere. After each performance, Artistic Director Janet Eilber hosts a conversation with the commissioned choreographer and the audience.


Shoot the Dancers

Audiences are invited to learn the secrets behind the images of leading dance photographers. Following a conversation with the artists, the Company takes the stage. The audience is invited to take out their own cameras and catch the Graham dancers in motion.

 
Purchase Subscription Package

Photo of Annie-B Parson.

2017 New York Season


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Our three diverse programs at the Joyce in February are collected under the season theme Sacred/Profane. Classic works by Martha Graham and works by four contemporary choreographers will be viewed through this lens highlighting the mystical, spiritual and humorous aspects of magical thinking.


Tickets start at $10.

Buy Tickets

THE JOYCE THEATER
175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800
Joyce.org

Graham masterworks this season include selections from Dark Meadow, which evoke the eternal search for connection; Primitive Mysteries, reflecting the purity found in the virgin myths of the Southwest; and Clytemnestra Act 2, with its ancient saga of family tragedy on a mythic scale. The Graham favorites Diversion of Angels and Maple Leaf Rag round out the line up.

The engagement also features Rust, by Nacho Duato, and Woodland, by Pontus Lidberg, both created for the Company in recent years. And we’ll premiere a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who draws on Sufi mysticism to create a piece set to traditional Middle Eastern music, and another by Annie-B Parson, inspired by Graham’s Punch and the Judy and exploring the domestic rough-and-tumble of that street theater classic.

Program A

Dark Meadow Suite
Ekstasis reimagined by Virginie Mécène
Pontus Lidberg’s Woodland
World Premiere: I used to love you by Annie-B Parson
Maple Leaf Rag

Running Time: 2 hours

Feb 14 at 7:30pm, Feb 16 at 8pm, Feb 19 at 7:30pm, Feb 24 at 8pm, Feb 26 at 2pm

Program B

Primitive Mysteries
Nacho Duato’s Rust
World Premiere: Mosaic by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Diversion of Angels

Running Time: 1 hour 50 mins

Feb 17, 18 at 8pm, Feb 21 at 7:30pm, Feb 23 at 8pm, Feb 25 at 2pm

Program C

Clytemnestra Act 2
World Premiere: I used to love you by Annie-B Parson
World Premiere: Mosaic by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Ekstasis reimagined by Virginie Mécène

Maple Leaf Rag

Running Time: 2 hours

Feb 19 at 2pm, Feb 22 at 7:30 m, Feb 25 at 8pm, Feb 26 at 7:30pm

Curtain Chat: Wed, Feb 22

…..

For information about the Sacred/Profane Gala
on February 15, click here

Tickets start at $10!

Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets.
All other tickets can be purchased online.

For tickets to our February 15 Gala click here.

Program is subject to change.

Buy Tickets

STAY UPDATED
Join our mailing list to be the first to learn more about our upcoming season!

AUDITION: Full-Time Certificate Programs

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Join our incredible dancers on stage!

Audition for Full-Time Certificate Programs

January 14, 2017

 
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor

9:00 – 10:00 Registration and Warm-Up
10:00 – 11:00 Graham Class
11:00 – 11:30 Two-Year Certificate Program combination
11:30 – 12:00 Teacher Training Program & Accelerated Professional Program combination
12:00 – 1:30 Prepared Solos

 
You may learn more about the Audition format here.

Full-Time Programs

PTP/Two-Year Certificate Program: Developed for students seeking a career in dance. This two-year, full-time, 60-credit program offers in-depth studies at professional standards, including Acting, Anatomy, History, Martha Graham Technique, Repertory, Composition, Music, and Performance. 

PCP/Accelerated Professional Program: For students seeking advanced studies after completing the Professional Training Program. This program focuses on the next level of study of Technique, Repertory, Composition, Performance, and Individual Projects. 

TTP/Teacher Training Program: For advanced/professional-level students wishing to pursue a career in dance education. This one-year, full-time, 30-credit program addresses teaching approaches and methodology in the first semester, while the second semester focuses on teaching practices. 

Independent Program: Designed for students at all levels who wish to engage in a rigorous study in the Martha Graham Technique. Students are accepted into the Independent Program on the basis of teacher recommendation, personal essay and/or demonstration of commitment. 

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Photo Credits: Hibbard Nash Photography