June 24 – August 2, 2013
In developing her Technique, Martha Graham experimented with basic human movement, beginning with the most elemental movements of contraction and release. Using these principles as the foundation for her Technique, she built a vocabulary of movement that would “increase the emotional activity of the dancer’s body.”
For students who wish to learn the basics of the Martha Graham Technique and accelerate rapidly
Level 2 For students with strong elementary background in Martha Graham Technique who wish to accelerate rapidly
Level 3* For students with a strong intermediate background in Martha Graham Technique who wish to increase facility
Level 4* For students and professionals with extensive experience in Martha Graham Technique who wish to deepen physical mastery
Photo by Alexandros Giannakis III
Martha Graham’s ballets were inspired by a wide variety of sources, including modern paintings, the American frontier, religious ceremonies of Native Americans, and Greek mythology.
Session 1: June 24- July 12
Session 2: July15- August 2
Advanced Repertory* T 3:00 – 4:30; W , Th 1:45- 3:15
Beginner/Intermediate Repertory: M, T, Th 1:30 – 3:00
Men’s Repertory: (All levels): Session 2 only, T 4:30 – 6:00; W 4:45 – 6:15; F 1:45 – 3:15
*Attendance in this level requires prior approval.
Note: Martha Graham Technique class is required for all repertory students. Repertory must be attended for the full three weeks.
Photo by Kerville Cosmos Jack
Students explore the fundamentals of dance creation through various exercises.
ALL LEVELS: M 3:00 – 4:30; W, Th 3:15 – 4:45
Repertory, composition, and choreography workshop will culminate in a studio showing on the Friday of each session. Note: Composition must be attended for the full three weeks. Composition may be taken without technique or repertory. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior class time to warm-up.
NEW this year:
In this workshop Samuel Pott, Artistic Director of Nimbus Dance Works and former soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, will draw on personal narratives and techniques for expansive and expressive movement creation to build original choreographic sequences with the participants. The collaborative workshop will culminate with a studio showing.
Session 1 ONLY: T 4:30 – 6:45; W 4:45 – 7:00
Known for creating structured and musical dances that evoke deep-rooted emotional connection, Mr. Pott’s choreography has been shown in New York City and throughout New Jersey, New England and California at venues including the Joyce Theater and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He has choreographed dance to chamber music, choral music, jazz, new music, folk, and mainstream vocal ballads; collaborations have included productions with theater groups, visual and video artists, composers and music improvisers. He has also collaborated with many esteemed contemporary artists including composers Daniel Bernard Roumain, Samson Young, Judd Greenstein, Aaron Parks and visual artists Nicola Lopez and Trudy Miller. http://nimbusdanceworks.org/about/artistic-director/
Screening Archival Video
A special feature of a selected work by Martha Graham presented by a distinguished alum with a Q&A
F June 28 3:15 – 4:15 F July 19 3:15 – 4:15Meet the Artist Series
A close encounter with a special guest artist
F July 26 3:15Open classes
M, W: 6:30-8:00Ballet
M 4:30 – 6:00 Th 4:45 – 6:15
Full-time Program Auditions
Saturday, July 13th
Level 1 & 2: 10:30 am to 11:30 am Level 3 & 4: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Graham II Audition
Saturday, July 13th 1:30 to 3:00 pm
(Must join a full time program to be accepted in Graham II)
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10014
Upper East Side
316 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065