2017 Company Auditions

Martha Graham Dance Company is hosting Auditions for male and female dancers

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Martha Graham Dance Company will hold Auditions, May 6-7, 2017, following a a Pre-Audition Workshop, May 3-5, 2017. The Company seeks strong dancers with a command of Graham Technique and ballet. Core dancers are guaranteed 30 weeks of work per year, and are members of the American Guild of Musical Artists AFL-CIO.
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For more information about the Pre-Audition Workshop, please click here.

AUDITIONS FOR MALE AND FEMALE DANCERS

Auditions May 6-7, 2017

May 6
 
 
Pre-Audition Class
Registration
Audition
9:30am – 11:00am
11:00am – 12:00am
12:00pm – 6:00pm
May 7 Callbacks 12:00pm – 6:00pm

 
Pre-Audition Workshop May 3-5
 
Martha Graham Studio Theater, Westbeth, 55 Bethune St, 11th Fl, New York, NY 10014

The Martha Graham Dance Company is seeking strong dancers with a broad range of current performance techniques, ballet as well as the Graham Technique. The Company guarantees 30 weeks of work per year to its core group of dancers.  Dancers of the Graham Company are members of the American Guild of Musical Artists AFL-CIO.

You must register to guarantee a place at the audition.

NOTE:  Dancers must be performance-ready and available immediately for international travel with no passport or visa restrictions to perform in the US or abroad.

Registration Fee: $25 (non-refundable)

  • Registration fee is not required for current members of AGMA
  • Registration fee is not required for participants in the Pre-Audition Workshop
  • Pre-Register by by 11:59pm on May 5 to guarantee a space at the audition.  Admission at the door will be limited to space availability.

Register online!

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

WOMEN: Hiring women at AGMA apprentice level or level appropriate to experience.

  • Must be experienced in a range of current dance techniques, ballet as well as have some experience in the Martha Graham Technique.
  • Must be available for rehearsals beginning July 1, 2017 and for international travel with no passport or visa restrictions.
  • Dancers should arrive warmed-up, hair tied back completely, in dancewear without baggy warm-up clothes. Light make-up is recommended.

MEN: Hiring men at AGMA apprentice level or level appropriate to experience.

  • Height: 5’11”or taller.
  • Must be experienced in a range of current dance techniques, ballet as well as have some experience in the Martha Graham Technique.
  • Must be available for rehearsals beginning July 1, 2017 and for international travel with no passport or visa restrictions.
  • All dancers should be warmed-up, with long hair tied back and in dancewear without baggy warm-up clothes.
AUDITION AND WORKSHOP FEES

Please note: All Audition and Workshop Registration fees are non-refundable.

Click here to register!

AGMA Members: To register, please email Tadej Brdnik at tbrdnik@marthagraham.org

For additional information contact Tadej Brdnik: tbrdnik@marthagraham.org, with subject 2017 AUDITION

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Photos: Xin Ying in Martha Graham’s Satyric Festival Song and Lloyd Mayor in Nacho Duato’s Rust. Photos by Hibbard Nash Photography.

Pre-Audition Workshop


Prepare for the Company Auditions with our Pre-Audition Workshop!

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Martha Graham Dance Company will hold a Pre-Audition Workshop, May 3-5, and Auditions, May 6-7, 2017. The Company seeks strong dancers with a command of Graham Technique™ and ballet. Core dancers are guaranteed 30 weeks of work per year, and are members of the American Guild of Musical Artists AFL-CIO.

Register now!

For more information about Auditions, please click here.


Pre-Audition Workshop May 3-5, 2017

(Workshop is not required for audition – space is limited)

May 3-5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8:15am – 9:00am
9:10am – 10:40am
10:50am – 12:20pm
10:50am – 12:20pm
 
2:00pm – 4:00pm
4:15pm – 5:45pm
 
Ballet Barre
Contemporary
Graham Technique™ III (advanced)
Graham Technique™ IV (professional)
 
Current Company Repertory
Graham Technique™ Refresher (all levels)
 

Locations:
Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune St, 11th Fl, NYC 10014
+ Additional studio TBD


Auditions May 6-7, 2017

May 6
 
 
 
9:30am – 11:00am
11:00am – 12:00pm
12:00pm – 6:00pm
 
Pre-Audition Class
Registration
Audition
 
May 7
 
12:00pm – 6:00pm
 
Callbacks
 

 

Audition Location:
Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune St, 11th Fl, NYC 10014

Ballet Barre
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™.

Contemporary
This class is specifically designed to help prepare dancers for the Current Company Repertory class.

Graham Technique™ IV (Professional)with Denise Vale
This class is designed for Professional and Pre-professional dancers with a strong background in Graham Technique™.

Graham Technique™ III (Advanced)with Virginie Mecene
This class is designed for Advanced and Pre-professional dancers with an extensive background in Graham Technique™.

Current Company Repertory with Martha Graham Dance Company dancers
Current Repertory will preview choreography and physical vocabulary including movement from the Company’s current repertory by Martha Graham, Pontus Lidberg, Nacho Duato and others.

Graham Technique™ Refresherwith Tadej Brdnik
This class is specifically tailored to Professional and Pre-professional dancers without extensive Graham Technique™ and training. Dancers will explore the principals of the Graham Technique™ and discuss and practice its application.

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Pre-Audition Class
Graham Technique™ warm-up class specially designed as a preparation for the Audition.

WORKSHOP AND AUDITION FEES

  • Pre-Audition Workshop:

    Workshop Fee includes $25 Audition Registration Fee.

    Package A: $245 (3 days) / $95 (1 day) *
    One Graham Technique™ class + Contemporary + Current Company Repertory

    Package B: $180 (3 days) / $80 (1 day)
    One Graham Technique™ class + Current Company Repertory
     

  • Add-Ons:

    Ballet Barre: $32 (3 days) / $12 (1 day)

    Graham Technique™ Refresher: $50 (3 days) / $18 (1 day)
    For those wishing to take both technique classes: Advanced or Professional Graham Technique™ and Graham Technique™ Refresher.
     

  • Pre-Audition Class: (May 6) $18
    Class Fee does not include Audition Registration Fee.
     
  • Audition Registration Fee: $25
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    Current AGMA members and 2017 Pre-Audition Workshop participants pay no fee.

Please note: All Audition and Workshop Registration fees are non-refundable.

Register now!

AGMA Members: To register, please email Tadej Brdnik at tbrdnik@marthagraham.org
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Photos: Lloyd Mayor in Nacho Duato’s Rust and Xin Ying in Martha Graham’s Satyric Festival Song. Photos by Hibbard Nash Photography.

Summer Intensive

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

Martha Graham School

Adult Summer Intensive


Jun 26 – Aug 4

Martha Graham School

Intensive Graham Teacher Workshop


Jun 26 – 30

Teens@Graham

Teen Summer Intensive


July 10 – Aug 5

Teens@Graham

Pre-Teen Summer Intensive


July 10 – July 21

Teens@Graham

NEW Choreography Workshop


July 10 – Aug 5

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2017 Summer Intensive

June 26 – August 4

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.

Contemporary – Contemporary studies at the Martha Graham School encourage dancers to explore the connections between classical technique and postmodern styles. Classes build upon Graham Technique to help students explore and experiment with movement and are taught by leading artists across NYC and beyond.

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Video Submission Requirement

 
All students interested in enrolling in the Summer Intensive are required to submit a video along with their Registration Form. This is NOT an audition; it is a means to ensure students have placed themselves in the appropriate classes on the registration form.

You must include a link to your video posted on an online platform (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). If the link is password protected, please submit the password.

Level I and II

Students self-assigning to Levels I or II are asked to record themselves performing the combination below.

Download Level I and II music (right-click to save)

Level III and IV

Students self-assigning to Levels III or IV are asked to record themselves performing the combination below:

Download Level III and IV music (right-click to save)

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To register, please submit the following materials:

to School Administrator Shelby Leshine: sleshine@marthagraham.org

Register NOW!

Download the 2017 Brochure or the Weekly Schedule

Classes are located at two locations:
Westbeth (55 Bethune Street)
and
63rd Street (316 E 63rd Street)

***Be sure to allow at least 45 minutes to travel between our studios***

Full-Time Program Auditions Saturday July 1

 
Visit the Auditions Page for details and information.

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Intensive Graham Teacher Workshop

June 26 – 30

 
Open to a wide range of teachers who are currently teaching the Graham Technique and wish to deepen their level of expertise. This intensive, five-day workshop will provide a thorough review of the basic exercises from Floor Work, Standing, and Traveling sections while highlighting the connections between each of them. Tips on how to introduce or adapt the technique to a wide range of students will be shared as well as creative ways to construct a class.

All classes will be held at the Martha Graham School, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014.

To enroll, download the Registration Form

Submit by email to School Administrator, Shelby Leshine,
at sleshine@marthagraham.org.

Register NOW!

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Teen Summer Intensive

July 10 – August 5

 
Ages 13-18

The Martha Graham School offers a yearly Summer Intensive for dancers ages 13 – 17, entering grades 8 – 12 as of the 2017-2018 school year. Dancers study diverse disciplines including: Graham Technique, Ballet, Gyrokinesis, Contemporary, and Hip Hop with additional opportunities to expand their training in Youth ChoreoLab and Repertory. Download our Registration Form for package details. Enroll today!

Download the 2017 Teen Summer Intensive brochure or the Weekly Schedule

To register, download and complete the Registration Form.
Submit by email to youngartists@marthagraham.org

Register NOW!


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Pre-Teen Summer Intensive

July 10 – 21

 
Ages 10-12

We are excited to launch our new Pre-Teen Summer Intensive in July 2017! Dancers ages 10 – 12, entering grades 5 – 7 as of the 2017-2018 school year are invited to join us at the Martha Graham School for a specially crafted dance training program targeting pre-teen dance development. Dancers will follow a daily schedule designed to diversify their dance education with classes in Graham Technique, Ballet, Compositional Studies, and Contemporary. Download our Registration Form for package details. Enroll today!

Download the 2017 Pre-Teen Summer Intensive brochure or the Weekly Schedule

To register, download and complete the Registration Form.
Submit by email to youngartists@marthagraham.org

Register NOW!

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Special Opportunity!
NEW Choreography Workshop

Session 1: July 10 – July 22
Session 2: July 24 – Aug 5

 
ages 13-18

We are pleased to announce an inaugural opportunity for students to learn and perform new works created by established choreographers. NYC choreographers Chanel DaSilva and Tadej Brdnik will create new works on select student dancers.

Dancers ages 13 – 17, entering grades 8 – 12 as of the 2017-2018 school year are invited to Audition. Students may audition to participate for two or four weeks.

To audition, students must submit a 60-90 second video of themselves performing a choreographed work. The piece may be self-composed or created by another choreographer, instructor, etc. While students may submit a solo work in any discipline, modern and contemporary are recommended.


Tuition
One Session: $450
(July 10 – 22 OR July 24 – August 5)

Two Sessions: $800
(July 10 – August 5)

Students will receive a registration form due July 1 with their formal acceptance.

Application Schedule
Rolling Admissions – all dancers will be notified within one week of their submission
Final Application Deadline: June 15, 2017

SUBMITTING APPLICATION

Applications MUST Include:

  • Completed Application Form Download here
    Please print form, write clearly, scan, and submit
  • Video of Work
    Post on online video platform (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.). If the link is password protected, please submit the password.
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee
    Paid in advance online: Mindbody

Email Application Form to tbrdnik@marthagraham.org with the subject: NEWChoreoWorkshop2017

Pay Fee  +  Complete Form  +  Submit Application

Early Decision: May 1 / Regular Decision: June 15

 
Photos: Martha Graham School dancers. Photos by Brigid Pierce.

Join us in Madrid!

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Join the Martha Graham Dance Company

for a week in Madrid!

 

June 6-11, 2017

  • Enjoy two Company performances in Madrid’s Teatro Real, one of the premiere opera houses of Europe
  • Stay in the five star Palace Hotel across the park from the famous Prado museum
  • Take a day trip to the beautiful medieval city of Toledo, the historic home of El Greco
  • Savor decadent meals at Madrid’s top restaurants including Michelin starred El Club Allard
  • Experience the art, music, food and nightlife of exciting Madrid alongside the Martha Graham dancers
  • and much more…

To book your trip or learn more please contact Amanda Hameline:
ahameline@marthagraham.org
(212) 229-9200 x25

Click here for the full itinerary!

World Capitals tours, available by invitation to donors at the $2,500 level and above, are open to all traveling with the Graham Company as a first-time experience. The Madrid fare is $8,200 for double occupancy and $5,000 for single occupancy. Includes five nights of accommodations with full breakfast, tours, day trips and select gourmet meals.

New@Graham: a conversation with Pontus Lidberg



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New@Graham

A Conversation with Pontus Lidberg

 
April 6, 2017 – 7:00pm

 
Join us for a conversation with filmmaker/choreographer Pontus Lidberg,
a sneak peek at his new film Written on Water starring Aurélie Dupont,
with excerpts danced live by Kaitlyn Gilliland and Christopher Adams, and
a showing of Woodland, featuring the Martha Graham Dance Company.

a reception follows the event, courtesy of the Consulate General of Sweden

 
Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th floor

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door
and include a complimentary glass of wine.

Purchase Tickets

 
Pontus Lidberg is a Swedish choreographer, filmmaker and dancer, most recognized for his film The Rain for which he received numerous awards around the world. As a choreographer for the stage, Mr. Lidberg has created more than 35 works for major international dance companies, such as Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, SemperOper Ballet Dresden, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Beijing Dance Theatre, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Morphoses, and for his own group Pontus Lidberg Dance.

Written on Water, directed by Pontus Lidberg, is an impossible love story about a choreographer reigniting an encounter from the past. This unique 70-minute narrative features French dancer Aurélie Dupont in the leading role. Dance provides both the mechanical and poetic framework for the plot: the choreography of an original dance piece that is being developed inside a theater mirrors the emotional experiences of the film’s characters outside the theater. Water—waves, the ocean, and rain—emerges as the visual motif that weaves together the dance and the scenes outside the theater, creating a visceral meditation on the impermanence of human existence and relationships, as well as the element of chaos inherent in both the creative process and romantic love.

Woodland (2016) takes Irving Fine’s music as a departure point, rather than beginning with a concept. I heard structure as well as possible imagery: woodland, moonlight, and wandering creatures. I wanted to interact with the music, not just impose choreography on it, so I chose to reorder the movements and add a repeat, turning a linear work into one that is almost cyclical—a structure that I’ve explored continuously. I often take inspiration and impetus from the dancers, and the Graham dancers have been a generous and inspiring group of collaborators. Woodland was developed in collaboration with them. In the end, as in many of my works, the individual is a counterpoint to the group—somewhat isolated and looking to connect with others, all the while remaining separated on a singular trajectory. —PONTUS LIDBERG

Guest Dancers

Kaitlyn Gilliland, Dancer, trained with Loyce and Lise Houlton at Minnesota Dance Theatre before moving to New York at age 16 to train with School of American Ballet. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Gilliland danced with New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet, performing corps, soloist, and principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Eliot Feld, Douglas Lee, Peter Martins, Angelin Preljocaj, and Christopher Wheeldon. She was the New York City Ballet’s Janice Levin Dancer Honoree in 2010. Since leaving NYCB, Ms. Gilliland has appeared with BalletNext, BalletCollective, Ballet Tech, Emery LeCrone Dance, Intermezzo Dance Company, Trainor Dance, and the Minnesota Dance Theatre. She is currently on the faculty at the School of American Ballet and a senior at Columbia University.

Christopher Adams, Dancer, is currently a member of Zvidance, Susan Marshall and Company, and Pontus Lidberg Dance. Christopher and his brother Warren Adams just finished their work on Harambe Nights The Lion King: Concert in the Wild at Walt Disney World Orlando. Past credits include Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, where he had the opportunity to perform works by Didy Veldman, Jill Johnson, Stijin Celis, and Ohad Naharin. He has performed in productions at the Metropolitan Opera from 2009 to present. He was Associate Choreographer and Dancer in Magdalena at Theatre du Chatelet Paris in 2010. He has worked with Ballet X, Sidra Bell and Compagnie Julie Bour. Christopher Adams trained at the Toynbee Ballet School and the National School of the Arts in South Africa. He performed with the South African Ballet Theatre and received the Linbury scholarship to study at the Rambert School in London.

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

Film still courtesy of Pontus Lidberg.

Ekstasis, lost and found!

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Newly added to all programs!

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.

PURCHASE TICKETS


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 2 Season


Join us for the 2017 Graham 2 Season

 
Thursday June 1, 7:00pm
Friday June 2, 7:00pm
Saturday June 3, 7:00pm
Sunday June 4, 3:00pm

Program

Flak by Stuart Hodes
Serenata Morisca by Ted Shawn
Dream Voyage by Pearl Lang
En Dolor by Ethel Winter
Star duet
Moon duet
Secular Games excerpt
Plain of Prayer excerpts
World Premiere by Adam Barruch
Prelude to Action


Tickets:

General Admission: $25 advance / $30 at door
Students (with I.D.): $15 advance / $20 at door

Sponsor the Graham 2 season with a $50 Patron ticket. Includes Reserved Seating.

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

Photo: Graham 2 dancer Alyssa Cebulski in Martha Graham’s “Prelude to Action.” Photo by Brigid Pierce.

Google Arts and Culture

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The Martha Graham Dance Company’s latest exhibition, Primitive Mysteries, showcases rarely seen archival photographs and film of Graham’s masterpiece from 1931. The exhibit also includes an article by the esteemed writer, Neil Baldwin, on the 2017 revival of Primitive Mysteries for the Martha Graham Dance Company’s 91st season at the Joyce Theater.

Primitive Mysteries exhibit

View online at google.com/culturalinstitute


Martha Graham Dance Company

 
Partnered with the

Google Arts & Culture features content from over 1,000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world’s treasures online. Top Graham Company Artist and Educator Oliver Tobin curates expanding exhibitions exploring principal components of Martha Graham’s legacy and revealing the Graham Company’s unique archives – the largest in the world for any single dance artist.

View online at google.com/culturalinstitute

 

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Photo Credits: Hibbard Nash Photography