New@Graham: Annie-B Parson

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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.

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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

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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 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.

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THE JOYCE THEATER
175 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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 – Feb 14, 16, 19 at 7:30pm, 24, and 26 at 2pm
Dark Meadow Suite; Woodland; World Premiere of New Work by Annie-B Parson; Maple Leaf Rag

Program B – Feb 17, 18 at 8pm, 21, and 23
Primitive Mysteries; Rust; World Premiere of New Work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Diversion of Angels

Program C – Feb 19 at 2pm, 22, 25, and 26 at 7:30pm
Clytemnestra Act 2; World Premiere of New Work by Annie-B Parson; World Premiere of New Work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Maple Leaf Rag

Curtain Chat: Wed, Feb 22

RUNNING TIME
Program A: 2 hours
Program B: 1 hour 50 mins
Program C: 2 hours

Programs may contain partial nudity.

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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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. 

Learn More

Fall 2017 Martha Graham School Auditions


Auditions for Full-Time Certificate Programs

Fall 2017 enrollment

  • PTP / Two-Year Certificate Program
  • PCP / Accelerated Professional Program
  • TTP / Teacher Training Program


The Martha Graham School is auditioning students interested in our full-time certificate programs. The School offers the Graham Technique™ as a powerful foundation augmented with ballet, other techniques, performance workshops, and a wide range of electives.

All dancers are required to audition in order to be considered for Acceptance and Scholarships.
To be accepted, dancers must audition either in person or submit their application online.

The Martha Graham School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.

In-Person Auditions:

1. 60-min Graham Technique™ class led by Graham School Faculty
2. Martha Graham Technique™ Program combination
3. Prepare a 60-90 second solo in a genre and with music of your choice


Auditions for Full-Time Certificate Programs
January 14, 2017

Fees: $30 Audition Fee + $30 School Application Fee, totaling $60 (non-refundable).

Pay Fees  +  Application Form  +  Submit Application

Online Auditions:

Online auditions should include three video recordings
Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.
If you upload as private, you must send us the passwords for viewing.

1. Graham Technique™ floor work demonstration (see below)
2. Martha Graham Technique™ Program Combination
3. 60-90 second solo in a genre and with music of your choice

Non-refundable Fee: $40 (paid in advance online)

1. Graham Technique™ Floor Work Demonstration

Begin with a short technical demonstration of Graham’s floor work. Each submission must include:

  • Breathing
  • 3’s and 6’s with Opening of the leg variation
  • Deep stretches
  • Turns around the back (4th position)

The exercises can be short. This section does not need to be more than 5-6 minutes in length.

2. Martha Graham Technique™ Program Combination

Prepare and upload a clear video of the appropriate combination for the program for which you are auditioning. Post videos to YouTube or Vimeo. If you upload them as private, you must send us the password for viewing.

See the combinations below:

Download PTP / 2-Year Certificate Program music file (right-click to save)

Download PCP / Accelerated Professional Program and TTP / Teacher Training Program music file (right-click to save)

3. 60-90 second solo in a genre of your choice

Prepare a short solo and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo. If you upload it as private, you must send us the password for viewing.

Submission

All dancers must submit their online applications to: sleshine@marthagraham.org.

Applications MUST include:

  • Completed Audition Form (form will not save data. Please print form, write clearly, scan and submit)
  • Dance Resume
  • Headshot
  • Three Video Links (and passwords, if applicable)
  • Fees: $40 Audition Fee + $30 School Application Fee,
    totaling $70, paid in advance online (non-refundable)

Ready to submit your materials? Please double check that you have all materials above.

Pay Fees  +  Application Form  +  Submit Application

IMPORTANT – International students ONLY
In order for us to process the documentation necessary for your F-1 STUDENT VISA, we recommend that you submit your application by May 1, 2017. For more info, visit our International Students Page.

Full-Time Certificate Programs Admission Requirements

PTP / Two-Year Certificate Program
• Must be at least 18-years-old as of enrollment date
• Intermediate Graham Technique™ (Graham II or higher)
• Intermediate Ballet Technique

PCP / Accelerated Professional Program
• Pre-requisite: University Degree with a notable dance program or Dance Conservatory Degree or Certificate
• Pre-requisite: Completed 1 (one) Martha Graham School Winter Intensive or 3-week Summer Intensive (Graham Technique™ + Adv. Repertory + Adv. Composition)
• Advanced Graham Technique™ (Graham III or higher, per discretion of Program Director)
• Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Technique

TTP / Teacher Training Program
• Pre-requisites: Completed 1 (one) Martha Graham School Advanced Composition and 1 (one) Advanced Repertory
• Advanced Graham Technique™ (Graham III or higher, per discretion of Program Director)
• Intermediate Ballet Technique

If you have any questions about the audition process or the full-time programs, please email sleshine@marthagraham.org.

Photo: PTP / 2-Year Certificate Program student Alessio Crognale. Photo by Brigid Pierce.

Special Workshop with Janet Eilber

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Special Workshop with
Martha Graham Dance Company
Artistic Director Janet Eilber

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet and learn from this renowned Graham artist. Ms. Eilber worked directly with Martha Graham and has been recognized for her work guiding the Graham legacy into the future.

Thursday, January 5th, 2017
10:00am – 12:30pm
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor
$50

Sign up online today!

Register NOW!

The Workshop is included in the Level III and IV tuition packages of the Winter Intensive.

JanetJANET EILBER (Artistic Director) has been the Center’s artistic director since 2005. Her direction has focused on creating new forms of audience access to the Graham masterworks. These initiatives include designing contextual programming, educational and community partnerships, use of new media, commissions and creative events such as the Lamentation Variations and Prelude and Revolt. She has also remixed Graham choreography and created new staging in the Graham style for theater/dance productions of The Bacchae and Prometheus Bound. Earlier in her career, as a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ms. Eilber worked closely with Martha Graham. She danced many of Graham’s greatest roles, had roles created for her by Graham, and was directed by Graham in most of the major roles of the repertoire. She soloed at the White House, was partnered by Rudolf Nureyev, starred in three segments of Dance in America, and has since taught, lectured, and directed Graham ballets internationally. Apart from her work with Graham, Eilber has performed in films, on television and on Broadway directed by such greats as Agnes deMille and Bob Fosse and has received four Lester Horton Awards for her reconstruction and performance of seminal American modern dance. She has served as Director of Arts Education for the Dana Foundation, guiding the Foundation’s support for Teaching Artist training and contributing regularly to its arts education publications. Eilber is a Trustee Emeritus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is married to screenwriter/director John Warren, with whom she has two daughters, Madeline and Eva.

First photo of Janet Eilber leading Level IV Graham Technique. Photo by Julian Zentner. Second photo by Hibbard Nash.

NEXT@Graham 2017


NEXT@Graham 2017

January 4, 2017 – 8:00pm

Martha Graham Studio Theater

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.

Featured Guest Pascal Rioult/RIOULT Dance NY headlines the inaugural presentation

GRAHAM ALUMNI / STUDENTS

6-10 choreographers will be selected to showcase their work. Former and current Martha Graham Dance Company members, students of the Martha Graham School and members of the extended Graham Family are invited to apply.

Application Schedule

Early Submission Deadline: November 5
Final Submission Deadline: November 15

Selections will be announced November 18.

SUBMITTING APPLICATION

Applications MUST include:

  • Completed Application Form
    Please print form, write clearly, scan and submit
  • Video of Work
    DVD or link and password, if applicable
  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $25
    paid in advance online

Email submissions:

Email Application Form, to: tbrdnik@marthagraham.org with subject: NEXT@Graham 2017 Submission

Be sure to include the completed form, along with a link to your work, posted on an online video platform (youtube, vimeo, etc.). If the link is password protected, please submit the password.

Pay Fee  +  Complete Form  +  Submit Application

 
Early Deadline November 5 / Final Deadline: November 15


For additional queries e-mail: tbrdnik@marthagraham.org with subject: NEXT@Graham info

Application Guidelines

 
All entries must be accompanied by a $25 Application Fee and no entries will be accepted after November 15th.

1. Application is competitive. If you are selected to participate, there will be an additional Participation Fee of $125.

2. Though submission of complete works is preferred, we will also consider applications of works in progress at the time of submission. If your work is still in creation, a comprehensive project/work description is required. Only complete works will be performed at the event.

3. Solo works may be no longer than 5 minutes, duets no longer than 8 minutes and group works no longer than 15 minutes.

4. The Participation Fee covers the venue, all technical facilities, publicity, programs and a recording of your work.

5. The Studio Theater will be supplied with basic technical support, including a DVD player, projector and lighting. You will be assigned a limited number of light cues based on the length of your work.

6. If your work requires more complex lighting, please request this clearly on the application form. If your request is approved, an additional fee will apply to offset the cost of increased technical preparation.

7. The selection of works presented and the sequencing of the program will be at the sole discretion of the artistic curator, Tadej Brdnik.

8. Transport, accommodation, and all costs directly related to staging the work (such as costumes, musicians’ fees, music copyright fees, props, etc.) are the responsibility of the participants and/or choreographers.

9. Use of fire and water will not be permitted.

10. If there is NUDITY or STRONG LANGUAGE in the work, please state this clearly in your application.


Submit your application by November 15th , 2016.
No entries will be accepted after this date!

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

Winter Intensive 2016

The School offers Intensive Programs for adults and teens,
as well as special programing for professional dancers.

December 27 – January 13

2016-17 Winter Intensive

 

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Graham Technique – The Martha Graham Technique™ is based on the core power of Graham’s signature contraction and release. The Technique promotes strength, stamina, and self-expression and serves as a foundation for excellence in many styles of dance. 

Graham Repertory – The study of Graham’s classic choreography offers students a deeper understanding of Graham’s expressive style as well as practice in valuable performance techniques.

Composition – This exploration of dance-making guides students in creating movement phrases, discovering their own artistic voice, and developing a personal ‘toolbox’ of choreographic techniques.  

Ballet – Ballet training at the Martha Graham School focuses on the individual student’s abilities. The classes are structured to enhance and support the study of the Graham Technique.

Also Offering
 – Gyrokinesis, Open Classes, Contemporary, Master Classes

Classes will take place at our Westbeth studios:
55 Bethune Street, 11th and 3rd Floors, NYC, 10014

View the full Teacher List

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

Download the full brochure

Photo: Martha Graham School dancers Antonio Cangiano and Leon Cobb. Photo by Brigid Pierce.

Shoot the Dancers – NYC Dance Project

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

7:00pm – 9:00pm

NYC Dance Project‘s Ken Browar and Deborah Ory will speak with Artistic Director Janet Eilber about the creative process of photographing dancers, and launch their new book, The Art of Movement.

Following the conversation with the artists, the Company takes the stage, inviting the audience to take out their own cameras and catch the Graham dancers in motion.

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

 

About The Art of Movement

 
World-renowned NYC Dance Project photographers Ken Browar and Deborah Ory celebrate the art and athleticism of dance in their book, The Art of Movement, a stunning collection of breathtaking photographs featuring over 70 dancers – from Martha Graham Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Boston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, and many more.

The book recently won the 2016 International Photography Award for a book featuring people. These beautifully produced images capture the movement and grace of the athletes defining dance today, accompanied by insight from the dancers, choreographers, and artistic directors. Introduction by Gia Kourlas, Contributing Editor for the New York Times, and a foreword by Daniil Simkin, Principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. Available for Pre-Sale.

About the Artists

 
Ken Browar is a renowned fashion and beauty photographer whose work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and many other European fashion magazines. His passion for dance began when he lived in Paris and photographed dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Deborah Ory began dancing at age seven. She began her photography career while injured as a dancer, photographing rehearsals. She has worked as a photo editor at House & Garden and Mirabella, and has shot editorial work for Self, Health, Martha Stewart Living, and Real Simple. Browar and Ory are the creative team behind NYC Dance Project. NYC Dance Project’s work has been featured in magazines worldwide including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, and Glamour.

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 courtesy of NYC Dance Project. Graham dancers: Mariya Dashkina-Maddux, Abdiel Jacobsen, and Xin Ying.

Graham Studio Series


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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!

Purchase Subscription Package

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
More info


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
More info
Tickets


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
More info
Tickets


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
More info
Tickets


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

Tickets


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
Tickets

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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.

Photo Credits: Hibbard Nash Photography