GrahamDeconstructed: Clytemnestra Act 2

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GrahamDeconstructed: Clytemnestra Act 2

 
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 4-5, at 7pm

Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th floor

 
Graham’s masterpiece of contemporary theater and her only full-evening work, the characters and tragedy of the Trojan War resonate with today’s themes. Music: Halim El Dahm – Set: Isamu Noguchi – Costumes: Graham and Helen McGehee – Dancer in this clip: Fang-Yi Sheu. (1958)

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

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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.

 
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Photo by Hibbard Nash of Abdiel Jacobsen in Clytemnestra

GrahamDeconstructed: Dark Meadow Suite

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GrahamDeconstructed: Dark Meadow Suite

 
Tuesday and Wednesday, September 13–14, at 7pm

Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th floor

 
The GrahamDeconstructed series brings audiences behind the scenes for an intimate view of Martha Graham’s masterworks. The Martha Graham Dance Company will present a rehearsal showing of Dark Meadow Suite, an arrangement of highlights from Dark Meadow (1946).

One of Graham’s most psychological and abstract works, Dark Meadow is a dance of questioning. In her original program note, Graham wrote: “Dark Meadow is a re-enactment of the mysteries which attend the eternal adventure of seeking.” The characters of the dance include three lead dancers: She Who Seeks and He Who Summons, originally danced by Martha Graham and Erick Hawkins, and She of the Ground. The chorus of nine men and women is named They Who Dance Together. The atmospheric score was created for Graham by the Mexican composer Carlos Chávez.

In addition to the rehearsal showing, the evening will include archival footage from the 1940s of Graham and her dancers in Dark Meadow, as well as commentary from dancers who were directed by Graham herself in earlier productions of the work.

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

Purchase Tickets
 
Purchase Subscription Package

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: Archival image of Ethel Winter, Pearl Lang and Yuriko in Martha Graham’s Dark Meadow from 1946.

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Our New@Graham and GrahamDeconstructed programs are a big hit. This year, for the first time, we’re offering a season package.

Performances include works-in-progress showings of new commissions by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Annie-B Parson, a Shoot the Dancers event launching the NYC Dance Project Photo Book, and an inside look at Graham works including Sacred/Profane Project and Dark Meadow.

Special Benefits for First-Year Subscribers:

  • Reserved seating for all studio performances.
  • First notification about special studio events.
  • Free ticket exchanges as available.
  • All ticketing fees are waived.

Choose from our new subscription packages:

Half-Season Package

$60 for your choice of three performances — save up to $30!

Full-Season Package

$110 for tickets to all six performances — save up to $70!

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2016 – 2017 Season Calendar

Sept 13 – 14 GrahamDeconstructed Martha Graham’s Dark Meadow Suite
Oct 4 – 5 GrahamDeconstructed Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra Act 2
Nov 30 Shoot the Dancers NYC Dance Project – Photo Book Launch
Dec 13 – 14 New@Graham Annie-B Parson – work in progress
Jan 6* & 11 New@Graham Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – work in progress
May 2 – 3 GrahamDeconstructed Martha Graham’s Sacred/Profane Project
* Matinee performance begins at 3:30 and seating is strictly limited. All other performances begin at 7pm.

2016-2017 Performance Details

Location : Graham Studio Theater 55 Bethune Street, 11th floor New York, NY 10014


Dark Meadow Suite


One of Graham’s most psychological and abstract works, and noted for its extraordinarily poignant and intricate work for the danced chorus. Music: Carlos Chavez – Set: Isamu Noguchi – Costumes: Graham – Dancers in this clip: Takako Asakawa, David Walker. (1946)

September 13 – 14, 2016 – 7:00pm
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Clytemnestra Act 2


Graham’s masterpiece of contemporary theater and her only full-evening work, the characters and tragedy of the Trojan War resonate with today’s themes. Music: Halim El Dahm – Set: Isamu Noguchi – Costumes: Graham and Helen McGehee – Dancer in this clip: Fang-Yi Sheu. (1958)

October 4 – 5, 2016 – 7:00pm


NYC Dance Project – Photo Book Launch


Photographers Deborah Ory and Ken Browar have made a name for themselves with their incredible dance photography. Join us for a special event celebrationg the launch of their new photography book. Following a conversation with the artists, the audience is invited to take out their own cameras and catch the Graham dancers in motion.

November 30, 2016 – 7:00pm


Annie-B Parson – work in progress


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.

December 13 – 14, 2016 – 7:00pm


Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – work in progress


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. Cherkoui also maintains his own company Eastmen, founded in 2010 in Antwerp.

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


Sacred/Profane Project


A prime example of Graham’s early psychological works, the dance is inspired by the lives of the three Brontë sisters and the struggle of women to follow their deepest impulses in the face of convention and tradition. Music: Hunter Johnson – Set: Arch Lauterer – Costumes: Graham – Dancers in this clip: Miki Orihara, Katherine Crockett, Virginie Mecene, and members of the Martha Graham Dance Company. (1943)

May 2 – 3, 2017 – 7:00pm

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About the Graham Studio Series

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.

Photo: GrahamDeconstructed: Blakeley White-McGuire and Ben Schultz in Peter Sparling’s Notes for a Voyage. Photo by Antonia K. Miranda.

2016 Bash & Benefit!

Scholarship Bash & Benefit 2016
Save the date for the Martha Graham School

Scholarship Bash & Benefit

 
Tuesday September 27, 2016
7:00 – 9:00pm

Martha Graham Studio
55 Bethune Street, 11th floor

Support the Martha Graham School at an intimate event, with drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, and pop-up performances.

Featuring a Silent Auction with jewelry, performance tickets, exclusive experiences, and much more!

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All funds support scholarships to the Martha Graham School.

Photo: Jessica Sgambelluri and Jacob Larsen in Graham 2 performance
of Martha Graham’s Maple Leaf Rag. Photo by Brigid Pierce.

Announcing the Graham Master Series

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Train with dancers from the Company
and studios around the country!

July 11-15 10:30am – 12:30pm Jacqulyn Buglisi
July 18-22 10:30am – 12:30pm Steve Rooks
July 25-29 10:30am – 12:30pm Tadej Brdnik
August 1-5 10:30am – 12:30pm Denise Vale


Advanced Students Only.

Graham Master Series classes feature Advanced Graham Technique.
 

Register for the Summer Intensive or sign up for the Master Series classes alone!

$30 – for a single Master Series class
$50 – for two classes with one instructor
$195 – for a full week with one instructor

Register in person or contact 212-229-9200, ext 34.

 
Martha Graham Studio
55 Bethune Street, 11th floor

Photo: Janet Eilber teaching a Graham Master Series class. Photo by Julian Zentner.

Martha Graham School Intensive Programs

The School offers Intensive Programs for adults and teens, as well as special
programing for professional dancers. The 2016 Summer Intensive begins June 27th.

Calendar for the Summer Intensives

6 Week

Adult
Summer Intensive

June 27 – Aug 5, 2016

4 Week

Teens@Graham
Summer intensive

July 11 – Aug 6, 2016

1 Week

Intensive Graham
Teacher Workshop

July 5 – July 8, 2016

 
 

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Download the Full Schedule

All Graham Open Classes during the Summer Intensive have been canceled
and will resume in the Fall. Please email Shelby Leshine, School Administrator
at sleshine@marthagraham.org to receive a refund on class card purchases.

Graham Technique – The Martha Graham Technique amplifies the natural movement associated with the breath through Graham’s signature contraction and release. It promotes strength and risk taking, and serves as a foundation for excellence. Four levels are offered.

Graham Repertory – Participants study Graham’s masterworks, inspired by a wide variety of sources, including modern painting, the American frontier, spiritual ceremonies, and Greek mythology.

Composition – Participants explore the process of dance making and construct their own choreographic phrases. Students will be encouraged to develop a choreography “toolbox” and find their own artistic voice.

Gyrokinesis – Gyrokinesis is a conditioning and injury prevention technique that stretches and strengthens the body through principles of alignment, concentric and eccentric forces, and breathing patterns.

Ballet – The Martha Graham School approaches ballet training in a nurturing way, focusing on the individual student’s abilities. The classes are structured to enhance and support the study of the Martha Graham Technique.

Students may choose which weeks and how many to attend!

Classes will take place at one of our two locations:

– Westbeth (55 Bethune Street, 11th and 3rd Floors, NYC, 10014)
– East 63rd Street (316 East 63rd Street, Lower Level, NYC, 10065)

Before you choose your classes….

 

View full Summer Intensive Schedule (right-click to download).

View Teachers List (right-click to download).

***Be sure to allow at least 45 minutes to travel between classes in our studios
at Westbeth (55 Bethune Street) and 63rd Street (316 E 63rd Street).***

Register NOW!

To register, please complete the Registration Form, and submit to:

Mail:   Martha Graham School, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014
Fax:   Martha Graham School, 212.838.0339
Scan and Email:   info@marthagraham.org

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Download the Teens Summer Intensive brochure.

Download the Teens@Graham Schedule for more information.

This 4-week intensive includes:
Graham Technique – Repertory – Ballet – Contemporary
Youth ChoreoLab – Ballet Barre – Gyro/Pilates
Private Coaching – In-studio presentations



Graham Technique – The Martha Graham Technique amplifies the natural movement associated with the breath through Graham’s signature contraction and release. It promotes strength and risk taking, and serves as a foundation for excellence. Four levels are offered.

Graham Repertory – Participants study Graham’s masterworks, inspired by a wide variety of sources, including modern painting, the American frontier, spiritual ceremonies, and Greek mythology.

Youth ChoreoLab – Students learn the craft of choreography through studies of body shapes, images, relationships, and other choreographic concepts and ideas.

Gyro/Pilates – Pilates and the Gyrokinesis are each complete systems of mind-body movement. Pilates is more linear and focuses on core strength, pelvic stability, building long muscles that are flexible as well as toned, and proper body mechanics and alignment. The Gyrokinesis method is three-dimensional and circular. It too strengthens the body’s core muscles from the inside out.

Private Coaching – One-on-one coaching offered in 45min or 90min sessions
Graham Technique, Ballet, Audition Solo Rehearsal, Audition Solo Package

Classes will take place at 316 East 63rd Street, Lower level, NYC, 10065

Register NOW!

To register, please complete the Registration Form, and submit to:

Mail:   Martha Graham School, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014
Fax:   Tami Alesson, 212.838.0339
Scan and Email:   youngartists@marthagraham.org

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Download the Daily Class Description and Schedule for more information.

Open to a wide range of teachers who are currently teaching the Martha Graham Technique and wish to deepen their level of expertise.

This intensive four-day workshop will provide a thorough review of the basic exercises from the Floor Work and the Standing and Traveling sections while highlighting the connections between each of them.

Register NOW!

To register, please complete the Registration Form, and submit to:

Mail:   Martha Graham School, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014
Fax:   Virginie Mecene, 212.838.0339
Scan and Email:   info@marthagraham.org

Mark your Calendar for the next Intensive!

2016 Winter Intensive:

 
To be announced!

Photos by Brigid Pierce.

AUDITION: Graham 2 and Full-Time Program

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Join our incredible dancers on stage!

Audition for Graham 2 and the Full-Time Program

July 2, 2016

 
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor

9:00 – 10:00 Registration and Warm-Up
10:00 – 1:30 Full-Time Program Audition
3:00 – 4:00 Registration and Warm-Up
4:15 – 6:30 Graham 2 Audition

 
You may learn more about the Audition format here.

Dancers auditioning for Graham 2 must attend the Full Time Program Audition.

Strong background in Graham and Ballet required.

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. 

Learn More

Graham 2

Graham 2 is a pre-professional dance company comprised of the most advanced students of the Martha Graham School. Its mission is threefold: To bring fresh energy, passion, and vision to the brilliant tradition of Martha Graham; to bring the Graham tradition to a younger audience, smaller venues, and to cultural communities; to be a spring board for young dancers to enter professional dance world.

Dancers are selected from among the hundreds of students from around the world who study at the Martha Graham School. While in Graham 2, dancers are supported by a scholarship, receive stipends for performances and may be given the opportunity to perform with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Eighty five percent of the current Company began as members of Graham 2.

Learn More

Dancers auditioning for Graham 2 must attend the Full Time Program Audition.

Graham 2 New York Season

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Join us for the

2016 Graham 2 Season

 

Opening Night Benefit

June 2, 7:30pm

Performance + Reception
Honoring special guest Patricia Birch

For information and tickets, view Opening Night Benefit.

June 3 – 5, 8:00pm

Program includes: Maple Leaf Rag,
Plain of Prayer excerpt, “Lament” from Acts of Light,
selections from Night Journey, The Puritan Duet,

Guest Choreographer Amanda Kreglow’s In the Mist of Dying

…and the world premiere of Cyclical Journey by Virginie Mécène


Tickets:
General: $25 advance / $30 at door
Students: $15 advance / $20 at door

Opening Night Benefit: $80

Location:
Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street 11th floor,
New York, New York 10014

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June 2, 7:30

Opening Night Benefit
Performance + Reception
Honoring special guest Patricia Birch


Pat American choreographer and director Pat Birch began her career as a soloist dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, in Agnes De Mille revivals, and in West Side Story. She is a two time Emmy Award-winning, was honored by the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, Rosie’s Theater Kids and is a 5-time Tony Award nominee for her choreography of the original Broadway productions of Grease, A Little Night Music, Over Here!, Pacific Overtures, Candide and Parade. She has directed and choreographed music videos for Cyndi Lauper, the Rolling Stones, and Carly Simon, and has choreographed numbers on Saturday Night Live as well as Boardwalk Empire.

Workshop with Linda Hodes

Linda Hodes

Martha Graham Masters

Workshop with Linda Hodes

 

Monday, May 23 – Friday, May 27
10:50am – 12:20pm

$100 for full series
$25 per class


Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor

Linda Hodes started her dance training with Martha Graham at the age of nine. She was a dancer in that company for 15 years, dancing both Eve and Lillith in Embattled Garden, Cassandra in Clytemnestra, Joan in Seraphic Dialogue, both the Red Girl and the White Girl in Diversion of Angels, and many other roles.
She has appeared on and off Broadway in various productions.

In 1964 she moved to Israel where she was a founding member of the Batsheva Dance Company. There she had the privilege of working with such diverse choreographers as Jerome Robbins,Glen Tetley, John Cranko, Tally Beatty, Donald McKayle, and Anna Sokolow. She directed the company for two years before returning to New York to work again with the Graham Company as Rehearsal Director, and as the Director of the Graham School.

In 1975 she was named Associate Artistic Director of the Company. She held that position until 1992.

Linda has been a Rehearsal Director for Nederlands Dans Theater, and Rioult Dance Company. She has taught at the Graham School, The Neighborhood Playhouse,The Juillard School, The American Dance Festival, The Batsheva Studio, and The Rubin Academy in Jerusalem.

Recently she staged Diversion of Angels for Paul Taylor’s 2016 New York season.

Photo: Linda Hodes as Cassandra in Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra.

Photo Credits: Hibbard Nash Photography