New York Season: April 14-18

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Celebrating our 90th anniversary season with four extraordinary programs, featuring Graham masterworks alongside premieres by internationally acclaimed choreographers Marie Chouinard, Mats Ek, and Pontus Lidberg, and recent works by Nacho Duato and Andonis Foniadakis.

The season concludes on our 90th anniversary (to the day) with a special gala program.

New York City Center
131 West 55th Street

Tickets start at $35.

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April 14 – 8:00pm

Night Journey
AXE – a new work by Mats Ek
a new work by Marie Chouinard
Cave of the Heart

April 15 – 8:00pm

Appalachian Spring
AXE – a new work by Mats Ek
Night Journey
Echo – choreography by Andonis Foniadakis

April 16 – 8:00pm

Cave of the Heart
a new work by Marie Chouinard
Rust – choreography by Nacho Duato

April 18 – 7:00pm

Special 90th Anniversary Program

Ballet star Aurélie Dupont will perform this evening.

Opens with a selection of Graham Highlights including:
Tanagra, Heretic, Celebration, Lamentation, the Lament from Acts of Light,
and an excerpt from Appalachian Spring.

Also on the program: the NY Premiere of a New Work by Pontus Lidberg
and the Graham masterwork Chronicle.

For tickets to our 90th Anniversary Gala click here.

Program is subject to change.

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90th Anniversary Gala: April 18

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Join us for our Gala!

Martha Graham Dance Company

90th Anniversary Gala

April 18, 2016, 7:00pm
New York City Center and The University Club of New York
black tie suggested

April 18 – Special 90th Anniversary Program

  • with Aurélie Dupont, Étoile and new Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet
  • and the NY Premiere of Woodland by Pontus Lidberg
  • Graham Highlights include Tanagra, Heretic, Celebration,Lamentation, “Lament” from Acts of Light, the Appalachian Spring duet, and the 1936 Graham masterwork Chronicle.
  • Dinner and dancing follow at The University Club of New York

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Amy and Philip Blumenthal
Audra D. Cohen and Eric Cohen
Richard Hayes and Peggy Lyman Hayes
Christine Jowers and Robert L. Friedman
Abby Meiselman and Kenneth Bloom
Jayne Millard
Judith and Herbert S. Schlosser
Inger K. Witter


Wallis Annenberg • Mikhail Baryshnikov • Patricia Birch
Carolina Performing Arts–University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
City of New York • Robert Cohan • Jean Erdman
Hon. Katherine B. Forrest • Linda Hodes • Stuart Hodes
Paul F. Kilmer and Holland & Knight • Howard Gilman Foundation
Joan K. Davidson and the Kaplan Foundation • Library of Congress
Office of the Manhattan Borough President • Helen McGehee
Donald McKayle • Barbara Morgan and family • The New School
The Noguchi Museum • Judith and Herbert S. Schlosser • Paul Taylor Lee L. Traub
University Musical Society of the University of Michigan
Inger K. Witter • Yuriko


Irene Lewisohn and Alice Lewisohn Crowley
Francis S. Mason, Jr.
Evelyn Sharp
Paul Szilard


LaRue Allen, Executive Director* and Archibald Allen
Jody and John Arnhold
Amy* and Philip Blumenthal
Audra D. Cohen* and Eric Cohen
Sylvana Eder and
Janet Eilber, Artistic Director* and John Warren
Neila Fortino
Beau Gage*
Antoinette C. Gelmont
Inga M.* and Frank Golay
Laura and Jonathan* Gralnick
Christopher Herrmann and Joseph Lorino
John Hotta*
Machiko Kashiwagi and Thomas Bingham
Jean-Paul Lafaye*
Brenda Levin
Meghan Hewit McCormick
Abby Meiselman and Kenneth Bloom, Chairman*
Jayne Millard*
Lorraine* and John Oler
Eng Kian Ooi and Marius Meland
Samina Rind
Donald J. Rose, M.D. and Victoria Lasdon Rose
Judith G. Schlosser, Chairman Emerita* and Herbert S. Schlosser
Lee L. Traub, Chairman Emerita
Inger K. Witter, President*
Marnie Thomas Wood

* Member, Board of Trustees

Marathon Reading: Blood Memory

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts hosts

Marathon Reading:

Martha Graham’s Blood Memory

April 18: 11am – 5:30pm

New York Public Library
for the Performing Arts

at Lincoln Center

40 Lincoln Center Plaza

The Martha Graham Dance Company, in partnership with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, will host a marathon reading of Blood Memory to celebrate the Company’s 90th anniversary. Taking place 90 years to the day of Martha Graham’s first public performance with a group of dancers, the event will bring together a special and influential group of women from the dance world to give voice to Graham’s words.

The distinguished lineup of readers includes:

  • Patricia Birch
  • Carmen de Lavallade
  • Michelle Dorrance
  • Liz Gerring
  • Ellen Graff
  • Virginia Johnson
  • Deborah Jowitt
  • Annie-B Parson
  • Tiler Peck
  • Wendy Perron
  • Judith Schlosser
  • Valda Setterfield
  • Sonya Tayeh
  • Wendy Whelan
  • Marni Thomas Wood

More information is available from the New York Public Library.

Announcing our new App for iPhone!

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An Interactive Experience

by the Google Cultural Institute and
Martha Graham Dance Company

Available on iPhone and iOS devices!

Also available on Android and web platforms.

Top Graham Company Artist and Educator Oliver Tobin curates three 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.

  • Martha Graham
    A journey through Martha Graham’s early life and work as a dancer and choreographer.
  • Martha Graham Dance Company
    Explores Graham’s iconic masterpieces Lamentation and Chronicle, providing insight into her radical artistic vision and the theatrical techniques that she pioneered.
  • Martha Graham Technique
    Explores revolutionary physical vocabulary that emerged from Graham’s innovative choreography. Based on her famous contraction and release, the Graham Technique has been compared with classic ballet in its complexity and scope.

iPhone and iOS Debut: February 18th.

iOS App Download the iOS app at the iTunes Store.


Download the Android app at the Google Play Store or view online at


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New@Graham: Join us for a special photo reveal!

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Newly discovered photos of Martha Graham

in 1937 performance!!

One Night Only

Thursday February 25, 2016, 7:00pm

  • Performance of Graham’s Lamentation and Deep Song
  • Guided tour of Martha Graham galleries on Google Cultural Institute
  • Sneak Preview of over 30 newly discovered photos of Martha and her Company

Don’t miss Graham stars, PeiJu Chien-Pott and Blakeley White-McGuire performing Graham’s signature solos in the context of remarkable new archival access!

$25 advance, $30 at the door.
$15 students (advance purchase only)

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Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor

Photo: Martha Graham and her Dancers in “Tragic Holiday” from Martha Graham’s Chronicle.
Photo by Robert Fraser; donated by Doug Fraser.

Join us to see this entire photo and many others!

Fall 2016 Martha Graham School Auditions

Auditions for Full-Time Certificate Programs

Fall 2016 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 Graham 2 and Full-Time Program
July 2, 2016

Non-refundable Audition Fee: $20, in cash at the door

Online Registration will be available when the audition tour is announced.

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.


All dancers must submit their online applications to:

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

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

Pay Fee  +  Complete 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, 2016. 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

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

New@Graham: Annie-B Parson



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.


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.


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.

Join us on Kickstarter!

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Kickstarter Launch

Join Us

January 27th to February 26th

We’ve launched a @kickstarter campaign to support #thenext90 – yes, the Company’s
90th anniversary season. It’s filled with exciting, creative and ambitious events.
We want you to be part of it, and we need your help.

Today the Company continues Graham’s legacy, showcasing her masterpieces alongside brand new dances by today’s top choreographers. The Next 90! – yes, the Company’s 90th anniversary season – is filled with exciting, creative and ambitious events. We want you to be part of it, and we need your help.

We are raising $90K to celebrate 90 years. We have $30K from our Board, $30K from foundation support – and the last $30K comes from hundreds of Kickstarter supporters. We hope you will be one of them!

Campaign runs through Friday, February 26, at 1pm.



Photos in video still: Janet Eilber (left) in Martha Graham’s Cave of the Heart; photo by Max Waldman, 1978.
Natasha M. Diamond Walker (right) in Martha Graham’s Cave of the Heart; photo by Brigid Pierce, 2014.

Company photo: Erick Hawkins, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Sophie Maslow, Jane Dudley, Nina Fonaroff, Ethel Butler, Pearl Lang, and an unknown dancer in “Deaths and Entrances.”

GrahamDeconstructed: Panorama

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Join us for an insider tour of the Graham classic

Panorama (1935)

February 10, 2016 7:00 pm

Author Elizabeth McPherson and Artistic Director Janet Eilber will discuss the creation of Panorama (at the Bennington School of the Dance), accompanied by archival films and photos, and demonstration by top dance students from Montclair State University.

The Bennington School of Dance: a History in Writings and Interviews will be available for purchase — personally signed by the author Dr. McPherson.

The event will close with a full performance of the work.

Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10014


$20 in advance, $25 at door

$15 studentsadvance sales only
Montclair or Graham School ID required at door

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Photo: Students perform Martha Graham’s Panorama by Robert M. Cooper

American Dance Platform

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American Dance Platform

at The Joyce

Tuesday January 12 and Sunday January 17 7:30 pm

The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10011

The Joyce Theater is proud to launch its first American Dance Platform, showcasing some of the most captivating American companies performing today. This year’s festival features companies representing different regions throughout America and pairs emerging companies with those that are more established. The festival is curated by Paul King and Walter Jaffe, the founders and directors of White Bird, the acclaimed dance presentation series based in Portland, Oregon.

Program A:
Martha Graham Dance Company – Steps in the Street and Lamentation Variations
Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group – Excerpts from Moses(es)

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Photo Credits: Hibbard Nash Photography