Shape&Design Gala

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honoring
FRANK GEHRY ∙ PETER ARNELL

Program

Steps in the Street — stage design by Frank Gehry

Shape&Design — a film by Peter Arnell

Misty Copeland & Herman Cornejo in At Summer’s Full

World Premiere Lamentation Variations
    Kyle Abraham, MichelleDorrance,
    Liz Gerring, and Sonya Tayeh

Gala Dinner to follow at IAC HQ, featuring
Diane von Furstenberg’s Dress The Kick

Join Us
Tuesday February 10 2015, 7:00 pm
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, NYC 10011

Dinner and Dancing to Follow
IAC HQ, 555 W. 18th St, NYC 10011

Festive Attire

For performance-only tickets:

Please contact Amanda Hameline:
ahameline@marthagraham.org ∙ 212.229.9200 x25
 

For other performances, view our full season calendar.



LEAD PATRONS
Audra D. and Eric Cohen
Richard Hayes and Peggy Lyman Hayes
Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg
Jayne Millard
Judith G. and Herbert S. Schlosser
Inger K. Witter

COMMITTEE
LaRue and Archibald Allen
Peter Allstrom
Amy and Philip Blumenthal
Janet Eilber and John Warren
Diane Eilber and Gene Medler
Beau Gage
Liz Gerring
Stephanie and Ian Ginsberg
Inga M. and Frank Golay
Laura J. Gordon and Michael Mishik
Laura and Jonathan Gralnick
Meghan Hewit McCormick
John Hotta
Christine Jowers and Robert L. Friedman
Donna Karan International
Bernice and John R. Keller
Gail and Alan Koss
Jean-Paul Lafaye
Lorraine and John Oler
Donald J. Rose, M.D. and Victoria Landon Rose
Elaine Scagnelli and Charles Eilber
Lee L. Traub
Janis Bishop Tripodakis

VENUE SPONSOR
IAC HQ

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Laura J. Gordon, Interim Chair
Judith G. Schlosser, Chairman Emerita
Inger K. Witter, President
LaRue Allen, Executive Director
Janet Eilber, Artistic Director
Peter Allstrom
Amy Blumenthal
Audra D. Cohen
Beau Gage
Inga M. Golay
Jonathan Gralnick
John Hotta
John R. Keller
Jean-Paul Lafaye
Jayne Millard
Lorraine Oler
Janis Bishop Tripodakis

Annie-B Parson’s The Snow Falls in the Winter

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NEW@Graham
presents

The Snow Falls in the Winter

by Annie-B Parson
December 17 and 18, 7-8pm
Preview

Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor

With an introduction by Annie-B Parson (Dec 17th)
tickets: $20 includes a glass of wine

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Join us for a Holiday version of NEW@Graham featuring a Sneak Preview of The Snow Falls in the Winter by Bessie and Obie Award-winning choreographer Annie-B Parson.

Inspired by Ionesco’s The Lesson, this dance-theater work of “subtlety, mystery and wit” (New York Times) includes a new commissioned score by David Lang and will be a Company premiere at the Joyce Theater, Feb 17, 22 at 7:30pm; Feb 13-14, 19 at 8pm.

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Blanca Li Workshop

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Workshops@Graham presents

Blanca Li

Dec. 11th and 12th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune St.
$40 for the two sessions

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Blanca Li is a choreographer, dancer and filmmaker. Whether performance, opera, musical, museum installation, event, music video or feature film, she initiates and realizes a great number of projects: “I like to give life to all that’s in my brain”. Never restricted to one style, she gets her inspiration from a broad spectrum of physical forms of expression (from flamenco to classical ballet and hip-hop). With Blanca Li, everything begins and ends in the energy of movement and dance.

Blanca Li is born in Granada, Spain. She has been a member of the National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastics in Spain and learned to dance at the Martha Graham School in New York. She created and directed Blanca Li Dance company which has become one of the most successful independent companies in France and has been touring for more than 20 years across the world with more than a thousand of performances. She has created choreographies for the Paris Opera Ballet, The Berlin Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, filmmakers like Pedro Almodovar and Michel Gondry, artists like Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Kanye West and Cold Play, among others.

Read more on http://blancali.com/en

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Join Us to Commission 4 New Works

Kyle, Michelle, Liz, and Sonya.

We’ve asked these four amazing and diverse dance-makers to create new works for us.

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Become a backer and gain exclusive access to the creative process! Each week we’ll focus on one of these choreographers and share behind-the-scenes footage of their work, interviews and other inside information only available to our Kickstarter commissioning team.

 
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The Company will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Graham’s iconic solo, Lamentation,
with the world premiere of four new additions to Lamentation Variations, by:

Kyle Abraham, Michelle Dorrance, Liz Gerring and Sonya Tayeh.

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Lamentation Variations will be performed during Programs A and B at
The Joyce Theater Feb 10-15, 17, 19-21 (eve); Feb 22 (eve & mat)


Kyle Abraham, Michelle Dorrance, Liz Gerring, Sonya Tayeh.

Winter Intensive

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Mark your Calendar for the
Three-Week Winter Intensive:

Dec 29, 2014 – Jan 16, 2015

To register, please complete the Winter Intensive Registration Form.

NOTE: You may type your information into the PDF, but you will not be able to save this file.

To submit form, PRINT a copy of the completed form, and submit to:

Mail:   Martha Graham School, 55 Bethune Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10014
Fax:   212-838-0339, or
Email:   info@marthagraham.org (advanced computer users may print to PDF)

Access the full Winter Intensive Class Schedule by clicking here!

Photo: Graham 2 performs Temptations of the Moon. Photo by Antonia K Miranda.

2015 New York Season

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The Company’s two-week season at The Joyce in New York City, February 10–22, 2015, will offer Graham classics, new commissions, and premieres by guest choreographers in three varied programs.

The company pays tribute to Graham’s defining influence as an American Modernist with Shape&Design, a program highlighting the sculptural and architectural aspects of choreography by Graham and others.

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Panorama and Chronicle, Graham classics that set the standard for geometric force, are featured, along with Embattled Garden and Errand into the Maze, masterworks with evocative sets by Isamu Noguchi. Shape&Design includes recent works by renowned choreographers Nacho Duato, Andonis Foniadakis, and Annie-B Parson. The company celebrates the 85th anniversary of Graham’s iconic solo Lamentation with the world premiere of four new Lamentation Variations, choreographed by Kyle AbrahamMichelle Dorrance, Liz Gerring and Sonya Tayeh.

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: supton@marthagraham.org

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
Heretic
Panorama
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
Celebration
Night Journey Chorus
Adorations
Rite of Spring
Helios
Primitive Mysteries
Panorama

 

 
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For more information, contact Suzy Upton at supton@marthagraham.org

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Michael Kliën’s Movement Discovery Workshop

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Thursday, November 6, 6-9pm

$25 Advanced Registration; $30 At the Door

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Admission is limited. Be sure to register early. 

Pioneering choreographer Michael Kliën offers his workshop in New York for the first time. Join us for a special workshop with one of Europe’s leading avant-garde choreographer/directors. Kliën’s thought-provoking process helps dancers develop personal inroads to movement, improvisation and composition. 

Michael Kliën’s performance art is seen at major festivals and museums. He has developed a far-reaching theory and practice influencing audiences and practitioners from all over the world and from all disciplines.

Can’t get enough of Michael Kliën?

Join us November 11th at 7pm for
a conversation with Michael Kliën and Steve Valk:

Is Dance the Art Form of the 21st Century?

 

Michael Kliën – Biography

Michael Kliën’s artistic practice encompasses interdisciplinary thinking, critical writing, curatorial projects, and centrally, choreographic works equally at home in the Performing as well as the Fine Arts. His works have been performed and situated in many countries across the world. Commissions include Ballett Frankfurt, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Tanzquartier Wien and the Vienna Volksoper; exhibitions include IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Benaki (Athens) and Hayward Gallery (London). He received a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and has been lecturing about his findings at numerous distinguished academic and non-academic institutions. He was co-founder and Artistic Director of the enigmatic London based arts group Barriedale Operahouse (1994—2000) and Artistic Director/CEO of Daghdha (2003—2011). Based in Greece and Ireland, he is currently working as an independent artist.

Recent key projects include the choreographic works ‘Sediments of an Ordinary Mind’ and ‘Standing in Ink’ for Daghdha Dance Company, ‘Parliament’ for Benaki Museum, ‘Choreography for Blackboards’ for Hayward Gallery, ‘Slattery’s Lamp’ for IMMA’s (Irish Museum of Modern Art) permanent collection, a solo- exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the publication of ‘Books of Recommendations: Choreography as an Aesthetics of Change’.

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A Conversation with Kliën and Valk


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Only $15!

One of Europe’s most thought-provoking artistic production teams, choreographer Michael Kliën and dramaturge Steve Valk engage in a dialogue to outline their radically expanded vision of choreography and dance.

The talk will delve into some of the most exciting and revolutionary ideas in current contemporary cultural practice, to explore a vision of dance and choreography that aims to chart a way out of the current crisis facing Western societies.

In addition, Kliën and Valk introduce the emerging field of Social Choreography as a real-world project of transformative aesthetic practice.


Michael Kliën

Michael Kliën’s artistic practice encompasses interdisciplinary thinking, critical writing, curatorial projects, and centrally, choreographic works equally at home in the Performing as well as the Fine Arts. His works have been performed and situated in many countries across the world. Commissions include Ballett Frankfurt, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Tanzquartier Wien and the Vienna Volksoper; exhibitions include IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Benaki (Athens) and Hayward Gallery (London). He received a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and has been lecturing about his findings at numerous distinguished academic and non-academic institutions. He was co-founder and Artistic Director of the enigmatic London based arts group Barriedale Operahouse (1994—2000) and Artistic Director/CEO of Daghdha (2003—2011). Based in Greece and Ireland, he is currently working as an independent artist.

Recent key projects include the choreographic works ‘Sediments of an Ordinary Mind’ and ‘Standing in Ink’ for Daghdha Dance Company, ‘Parliament’ for Benaki Museum, ‘Choreography for Blackboards’ for Hayward Gallery, ‘Slattery’s Lamp’ for IMMA’s (Irish Museum of Modern Art) permanent collection, a solo- exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the publication of ‘Books of Recommendations: Choreography as an Aesthetics of Change’. www.michaelklien.com

….Can’t get enough of Michael Kliën? Check out his November 6th Movement Discovery Workshop!


Steve Valk

Steve Valk (1962) is a contemporary dance dramaturge, visual artist and designer and currently the director of the first Insitute of Social Choreography in Frankfurt Germany.

In 2007 he founded the international dramaturgical and social choreographic design agency „r.i.c.e.“ (radical institute of cybernetic epistemology) with headquarters in Limerick, Ireland, Helsinki Finland and Frankfurt Germany. For twelve years (1992-2004), he was Head Dramaturge and creative collaborator for William Forsythe and Ballett Frankfurt. During this period, his ground-breaking visual dramaturgy informed Forsythe`s seminal choreographic works. From 1998 to 2004,Valk`s dramaturgical practice and focus on trans-disciplinary networking strategies led to the development of a new participatory / situational epistemology for the institution of contemporary dance. The resulting large-scale projects “Schmalclub” (1999-2002) and “New Meaningful Public Space” (2003-2004) are now recognized as seminal works in the emerging field of Social Choreography.

From 2004-2011, Valk, in partnership with choreographer and Artistic Director Michael Klien, became Head Dramaturge and artistic collaborator of Ireland`s Daghdha Dance Company. Through a persistent process of rigorously re-examing the core principles of contemporary cultural practice, Daghdha became one of Europe‘s most progressive arts organizations, “a complex and living ecology, one which conceptually transcended and extended far beyond the boundaries of its formally prescribed institutional structures”.

In December 2012 – with the support of, and in collaboration with, a longstanding network of local, regional, and international trans-disciplinary theorists, cultural workers, civic partners, and friends – Steve Valk founded the first Institute of Social Choreography in Frankfurt Germany.


The Institute of Social Choreography

In its daily activities, the Institute of Social Choreography specialises in deep dramaturgical research, the development of new cultural formats and collaborative networks, and the practice of social choreography as a set of methods for discovering and manifesting alternative patterns in the ecology of our collective experience. Project partners range from social service organisations of all kinds, religious institutions, schools, foundations… art-, performance- and design- universities to creative agencies, the Occupy movement, local and international cultural initiatives, museums, dance departments and government agencies. Its primary aim is to expand, extend, and integrate experiential knowledge, attained in the visual and performing arts, into all aspects of civic and cultural life. The Institute of Social Choreography aims to identify, strengthen and open new political dimensions of aesthetic practice, not through the representation of ideologies, but by creating the conditions for original social relations to arise directly out of choreographic practice. Performative experimentation is its central methodological principle.

 

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