Peter Sparling’s Notes for a Voyage

September 16 and 17, 7:00pm at the Martha Graham Studio Theater

Notes for a Voyage

“Notes for a Voyage” theatricalizes Graham’s intense creative process.

Starring Blakeley White-McGuire, Tadej Brdnik, Lloyd Knight and Ben Schultz.

The evening includes a conversation with original cast member Stuart Hodes
and an open rehearsal of Martha Graham’s Errand into the Maze.

Tickets are available online:

September 16

September 17

Company alum and filmmaker / choreographer Peter Sparling presents a dance and media event focusing on the creative process behind Graham’s 1953 work, “Voyage.” A highly personal and psychological dance, “Voyage” was born out of Graham’s sessions with Jungian analyst Francis Wickes. No record of the dance remains, but much has been written about its creation.


Principal Dancer PeiJu Chien-Pott receives international recognition!

Principal Dancer PeiJu Chien-Pott receives international recognition! 

An international Jury, made up by the most outstanding dance critics of the world, has named our principal dancer, PeiJu Chien-Pott Most Outstanding Female Dancer on the Contemporary Scene for the forty-second edition of the POSITANO PREMIA LA DANZA “LEONIDE MASSINE” 2014 in Positano, Italy.

For the Premio Positano Gala-Prix taking place on 6th of September 2014 inPositano, Italy, PeiJu will perform as Medea in two signature solos from Martha Graham’s Cave of the Heart.  It is her premiere in the role.

The Jury is composed by: Roger Salas (President, El Pais, Spain), Valentina Bonelli (Vogue, Italia), Tatiana Kuznetkova (Kommerzant, Russia), Judith Mackrell (The Guardian, Great Britain), Wendy Perron (Dance Magazine, United States).

Among the artists who have been prized with the PREMIO POSITANO in the past editions there are: Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Gianni Versace, Maurice Béjart, Vladimir Vassiliev, Ekaterina Maximova, Natalia Makarova, Carla Fracci, Luciana Savignano, Elisabetta Terabust, Alessandra Ferri, Roberto Bolle, Alicia Alonso, Yuri Grigorovich, Ulyana Lopatkina, Blakeley White-McGuire, Ivan Vassiliev, Natalia Osipova.

POSITANO PREMIA LA DANZA “LEONIDE MASSINE” 2014 is organized byPositano Municipality under the direction of Daniele Cipriani.

Annual All-Graham Meeting

All-Graham Meeting

We’ll be officially launching our new Shape&Design Theme.

September 16, 2014

5:45 – 6:45: Public Meeting
7:00 – 8:00: Performance (see below)

55 Bethune St, NYC

Please RSVP. Space is limited.

Contact to let us know you’ll be attending.

Following the Annual Meeting, please join us for GrahamDeconstructed’s presentation of Peter Sparling’s Notes on a Voyage.


Peter Sparling’s Notes on a Voyage theatricalizes Graham’s intense creative process.

Starring Blakeley White-McGuire, Tadej Brdnik, Lloyd Knight and Ben Schultz.

The evening includes a conversation with original cast member Stuart Hodes
and an open rehearsal of Martha Graham’s Errand into the Maze.

Tickets are available online:

September 16

September 17

2014 Scholarship Luncheon

October 23, 2014 • 12-2pm

Scandanavia House
58 Park Avenue, NYC

Performance by Graham 2, followed by Luncheon and Silent Auction.

Honoring special guests

Miki Orihara   •   Dr. Donald J. Rose

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All proceeds benefit the Martha Graham School’s Scholarship Fund.

Luncheon Chair Lee L. Traub


Miki Orihara Miki Orihara joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1987 and has performed nearly every major role in the Graham repertory. She serves as a Graham regisseur, has performed with many other notable companies and choreographers, assists master teacher and choreographer Yuriko in Graham technique classes and reconstructions, has traveled extensively as a guest teacher, and is currently on faculty at the Martha Graham School. In 2010 she received a New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award for her contributions to dance. We salute Ms. Orihara for her embodiment of the Graham repertory, for all that she has done and continues to do for the Graham legacy, and for her engagement in the wider dance world.
image003 Dr. Donald J. Rose has served as the founding Director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases since 1988. He has acted as Orthopedic Consultant to the Graham Company and School for more than fifteen years, as well as to several peer dance companies, the National Football League, Cirque du Soleil, Joyce Theatre, and S.U.N.Y. Purchase. As a result, Dr. Rose has developed career-long relationships with some of Graham’s most beloved artists. Dr. Rose was the recipient of the Dance Library of Israel Documents of Dance Award in 1997, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2002, and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012. We salute Dr. Rose for his dedication to his craft and skills, for enabling dancers to pursue their vocation, and for his support of the dance community at large.

Announcing our 2014-2015 Season: Shape&Design

Kyle Abraham, Michell Dorance, Liz Gerring, Sonya Tayeh, Annie-B Parson, and more!

Graham’s defining influence as an American Modernist is explored in Shape&Design with dynamic programs that highlight the sculptural and architectural aspects of choreography by Graham and others.

New York Season

The Company’s two-week season at The Joyce Theater in New York City, February 10–22, 2015, will offer Graham classics, new commissions, and premieres by guest choreographers in three varied programs.
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The season will feature Panorama and Chronicle – Graham classics that set the standard for geometric force. Embattled Garden and Errand into the Maze will showcase evocative sets by Isamu Noguchi.

The New York Season will also include recent works by renowned choreographers, including the New York premiere of Nacho Duato’s Rust, a reprise of Andonis Foniadakis’ Echo, and the Company premiere of Annie-B Parson’s The Snow Falls in the Winter.

The Company will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Graham’s iconic solo Lamentation with the world premiere of Lamentation Variations by Kyle AbrahamMichelle Dorrance, Liz Gerring and Sonya Tayeh.

In addition to the upcoming season at The Joyce, the Company will present several other projects and events related to Shape&Design.


The Company continues its GrahamDeconstructed series this fall, offering audiences an up-close and behind-the-scenes look at Graham masterworks in the intimate setting of the Company’s Studio Theater.

On September 16 and 17 Graham Company alum Peter Sparling will present Notes on a Voyage — a dance and media event that focuses on Graham’s process to create Voyage (1953).

On October 30, the company will present Appalachian Spring Up Close and Personal — a complete performance of Appalachian Spring in costume and with the classic Noguchi set, on the 70th anniversary of its premiere.

FIT Fashion Culture Series

On October 28, the Company will perform as part of The Museum at FIT’s Fashion Culture Series, in conjunction with the Dance and Fashion exhibit. Two of Graham’s classic solos – Lamentation and Spectre-1914 – will be presented offering a look at seminal examples of Graham’s revolutionary costuming. Visit for more information.

Hauser & Wirth

December 11-13, the Company will perform a selection of Graham’s most sculptural choreography on the occasion of Thomas Houseago’s latest exhibition at Hauser & Wirth. Houseago and Graham, though separated by decades, both draw inspiration from primal gesture and the emotional architecture of the body. The Company will perform selections from Graham classics such as Errand into the Maze, Canticle for Innocent Comedians, and Dark Meadow in response to Houseago’s immersive installation. Visit for more information.

Throughout the 2014-2015 season, the Martha Graham Dance Company will tour to over twenty cities across the United States, including performances at Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX; Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa, OK; The Fine Arts Center, Concert Hall, Amherst, MA; Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT; Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN; Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque, NM; and Memorial Auditorium, Chapel Hill, NC. The current tour schedule is available on our Tickets and Events page.

A Special Project with Sonya Tayeh

The rumors are true! So You Think You Can Dance choreographer…

A Special Project with Sonya Tayeh

Sonya, I am so proud to say, is going to [collaborate with] the Martha Graham Company, which just makes me so proud.

– Nigel Lythgoe, So You Think You Can Dance
The rumors are true! Jazz / Contemporary choreographer Sonya Tayeh is working with Martha Graham Dance Company on a special project.

Sonya Tayeh’s cutting edge work makes her one of the most sought-after choreographers of her generation.

Tayeh graduated with a BFA in dance from Wayne State University and has since gone on to win many accolades for her choreography, including the Lucille Lortel award and the Obie award for her work on David Henry Hwang’s “Kung Fu”, for which she also received a Drama Desk nomination and the title of “Woman of Wayne” from her hometown’s Detroit Arts Council.

An Emmy-nominee from FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, Sonya has also worked with Madonna, Florence and the Machine, Kylie Minogue, and Miley Cyrus (Director/Choreographer of 2011′s “Gypsy Heart” Tour).

Stage credits include Kung Fu (Signature Theatre); The Last Goodbye (Old Globe, Williamstown); Spring Awakening (San Jose Repertory Theatre); Walk For Water (Cirque du Soleil); “Wave”, “Next Wave” and “Quartet” (Los Angeles Ballet); “The Root of Me”, “Endurance To Move”, and “Battles” (Tayeh Dance Company), and pieces for various universities.

Sonya’s passion for teaching has taken her around the world, where she leads master classes and workshops nationally and internationally. She has appeared on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in the same year.

Choreographing for the Martha Graham Dance Company is truly a dream come true, and she is elated and honored to be a part of this project.

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UPS: A Chance to Perform at the Joyce!

University students steal the stage from the Martha Graham Dance Company

2015 University Partners Showcase  ⋅  The Joyce Theater, New York City  ⋅  February 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Planning is underway for our Third University Partners Showcase. As part of the Martha Graham Dance Company’s 2015 New York Season, students from select national dance training programs will come to New York City to perform at The Joyce Theater. Student dancers will perform Graham classics in conjunction with the company’s Shape and Design season. Past UPS performances have sold-out!

Contact Suzy Upton for pricing and more information:

A Taste of the UPS Experience:

“It was such a joy to watch our dancers rise to the occasion in a Graham work, in New York City, onstage at the Joyce.”
– Susan Stowe, Chair, Department of Dance, Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts

“Participating in your first University Partners Showcase was both an honor and a thrill. The educational experience and opportunity this afforded our students was invaluable. I feel certain they will reflect upon it for the rest of their lives. Congratulations on bringing your fantastic idea to fruition.”
– Mary Harney, Artist-in-Residence, Skidmore College

“If by studying and performing a Graham masterwork, these students have learned something about themselves, having given more of themselves emotionally as well as physically than they may have thought possible, that’s a lesson that will stay with them and inform their lives, whether or not they go on to become professional dancers.”
– Janet Eilber, Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company

2012; CART; dance; student, Works A Foot

Why Participate in University Partners Showcase?

Contact  Suzy Upton to learn how to turn UPS into an outreach or fundraising event for your dance program!

First Showcase
Second Showcase
March 17, 2012
in conjunction with the Company’s 2012 season:
Inner Landscape
2012 Participants included:

The Hartt School
New World School of the Arts
Skidmore College
Point Park University
Interlochen Arts Academy
University of Arizona
Graham 2
Dark Meadow Suite
Prelude to Action
Steps in the Street
On My Mother’s Side
Diversion of Angels

February 23, 2013
in conjunction with the Company’s 2013 season:
Myth and Transformation
2013 Participants included:

Franklin and Marshall College
Montclair State University
New World School of the Arts
Graham 2
Adelphi University
Sarah Lawrence College
All City Panorama
Night Journey Chorus
Rite of Spring
Primitive Mysteries



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Photo Credits:
Mariya Dashkina Maddux in Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring; Photo by Hibbard Nash Photography. Charlotte Landreau in Martha Graham’s Temptations of the Moon; Photo by Antonia K Miranda. Lloyd Mayor in Andonis Foniadakis’ Echo; Photo by Costas. Katherine Crockett in Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra; Photo by Hibbard Nash Photography.

Mediterranean Tour

The Company jet sets to Italy, Greece and Turkey this summer!




June 25: Rome, Italy – Festival Internazionale di Villa Adriana, Tivoli (tickets here)
June 27: Gardone Riviera, Italy – Vittoriale Festival, Teatro del Vittoriale (tickets here)

July 5: Nafplion
July 7-8: Thessaloniki, Greece – Moni Lazariston Festival
July 10: Ithaca, Greece – Nautical Lyceum Vathi
July 12: Athens, Greece – The Odeon of Herodes Atticus

July 17: Izmir, Turkey – International Izmir Festival, Culturepark Open-air Theatre (tickets here)

Visit our Tickets+Events page for updates!

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International
in partnership with the National Endowment fort he Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Xiaochuan Xie and Ben Schultz in Martha Graham’s The Rite of Spring. Photo by Sinru Ku.

Photo Credits: Costas