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

 
Starting with a reading of The Third From the Left, afterwards the rehearsal run-through of Primitive Mysteries featuring the Martha Graham Dance Company. Also a preview launch of a new exhibit for
Google Arts and Culture

 
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.

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 Barbra 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.

Buy Tickets

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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

TICKETS

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
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.

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. 

Learn More

2017 Gala: Sacred / Profane


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Join us for our 2017 Gala!


February 15, 2017, 7:00pm

THE JOYCE THEATER
175 Eighth Ave, NYC

7pm Performance
Martha Graham’s Primitive Mysteries
World Premiere by Sidi Larbi Cherkoaui

LA SIRENA
at the MARITIME HOTEL
88 Ninth Ave, NYC

8pm Cocktails in south Cabana
9pm Dinner in north Cabana
10pm Dance with the dancers

 

Gala Tickets

For performance tickets, click here.
 

For performance tickets only, visit our NYC Season Page

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Board of Trustees
Kenneth Bloom, Chairman
Judith G. Schlosser, Chairman Emerita
Inger K. Witter, President
LaRue Allen, Executive Director
Janet Eilber, Artistic Director
Amy Blumenthal • Audra D. Cohen • Beau Gage
Inga M. Golay • John Hotta • Emil Kang
Jean-Paul Lafaye • Jayne Millard • Lorraine Oler

• • • • •

Dancers
PeiJu Chien-Pott • Abdiel Jacobsen • Lloyd Knight
Ben Schultz • Xin Ying

Charlotte Landreau • Lloyd Mayor
Ari Mayzick • Lorenzo Pagano

So Young An • Laurel Dalley Smith • Anne O’Donnell • Anne Souder
Leslie Andrea Williams • Konstantina Xintara

Ricardo Barrett • Alyssa Cebulski • Jacob Larsen • Carley Marholin
Cara McManus • Marzia Memoli • Ty Speller

Photos: Xin Ying and Lloyd Knight in Martha Graham’s Maple Leaf Rag. Photo © Hibbard Nash Photography.

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: July 1, 2017

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

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.

Photo Credits: Hibbard Nash Photography