Michael Klien: Excavation Site.


Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A.

Michael Kliën (Austria)

Jan 16 3pm to 7pm

Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor

In this one-time-only dance event, a multigenerational group of performers from the Martha Graham Dance Company’s past, present, and future will excavate their relationships to Graham and the underlying “movement forces” that bind them to one another, to Graham, and to the Company.

Organized by Austrian choreographer and artist Michael Kliën, Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A. bypasses the institutionalized social structures of the Company to uncover new paths of organization and potential between its participants. The work utilizes strategies of social choreography developed in collaboration with dramaturge Steve Valk, who has organized a complementary discursive component that will unfold alongside the performance in an adjacent studio.

Audiences are invited to explore the work for any length of time and are encouraged to move freely between the two spaces.

Choreography: Michael Kliën
Dramaturgy: Steve Valk
Electronic Score: Volkmar Klien
Performers: Martha Graham Dance Company and guests


Tickets are $20.

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Co-presented with the New Museum and Performance Space 122.


Featured image: Current and past members of Martha Graham Dance Company joined by students, administrators, and others affiliated with the company in Michael Klien’s Parliament, 2015. Photo by Brigid Pierce.

Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A. is co-presented by the New Museum, as part of the Spring 2016 R&D Season: LEGACY; Martha Graham Dance Company, as part of its 90th season; and Performance Space 122 as part of the COIL 2016 Festival and is generously supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. PS122 presentation support provided by Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance and Jerome Robbins Foundation. .

Made possible with the generous support of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

The score by Volkmar Klien has been  commissioned by the state of Lower Austria.

2016 School Auditions


Auditions for Male and Female Dancers

January 9, 2016, 10:00am-1:00pm

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Auditions for Full-Time Certificate Programs for Fall 2016 enrollment:

  • PTP/Two-Year Certificate Program
  • PCP/Accelerated Professional Program
  • TTP/Teacher Training Program

All dancers should come prepared with a 60-90 second solo and music in a genre of your choice. Please be advised, however, that rosin and tap shoes are not permitted on our floors.

Martha Graham School, 55 Bethune St, 11th Fl, New York, NY 10014

Registration opens at 9:00am.

Please arrive at least a half hour early to warm up and complete your paperwork.

Audition Fee: $20 paid in advance online or in cash only at door (non-refundable)

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.

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The Martha Graham School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.

PTP/Two-Year Certificate Program

  • Intermediate Graham Technique (Level 2 or higher)
  • Intermediate Ballet training

PCP/Accelerated Professional Program

  • Intermediate Graham Technique (Level 3 or higher)
  • Intermediate Ballet training

TTP/Teacher Training Program

  • Pre-requisites: Composition (1 credit) and Advanced Repertory (1 credit)
  • Advanced Graham Technique (Levels 3 and 4, per discretion of Program Director)
  • Intermediate Ballet training

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QUESTIONS? If you have any questions about the audition process or the full-time programs at the Martha Graham School, please email Olga Alagiozidou.

Launching a new Google partnership!

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Debuting a new interactive experience

by the Google Cultural Institute and
Martha Graham Dance Company

Available on Android and web platforms.
Coming soon to iOS.

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.

Debuting December 1st.

Android App Download the Android app at the Google Play Store.

View Online Or view online at google.com/culturalinstitute.

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Moving Still with Lois Greenfield

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Graham Deconstructed: Moving Still

with Lois Greenfield

Wednesday December 16, 2015 6:30-9pm

Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor

Greenfield’s newest book, Lois Greenfield: Moving Still, features images of the most talented dancers of our time, from the world’s leading dance companies.

  • View original Greenfield photographs as Artistic Director Janet Eilber leads a conversation about the artistry and technique behind Greenfield’s captivating images.
  • Bring your own camera (or phone) for a chance to photograph the Martha Graham dancers in action!
  • Books will be available for sale and signing, and complimentary refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $25 at the door.

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Photo of PeiJu Chien-Pott by Lois Greenfield.

Winter Intensive is Coming!

For students unable to attend the Martha Graham School year round or who wish to progress rapidly, the Winter and Summer Intensives offer dancers a rigorous program in Martha Graham Technique, Repertory, and Dance Composition. 
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Graham Technique – The Martha Graham Technique amplifies the natural movement associated with the breath through Graham’s signature contraction and release. It promotes strength and risk taking, and serves as a foundation for excellence. Four levels are offered.

Graham Repertory – Participants study Graham’s masterworks, inspired by a wide variety of sources, including modern painting, the American frontier, spiritual ceremonies, and Greek mythology.

Composition – Participants explore the process of dance making and construct their own choreographic phrases. Students will be encouraged to develop a choreography “toolbox” and find their own artistic voice.

Gyrokinesis – Gyrokinesis is a conditioning and injury prevention technique that stretches and strengthens the body through principles of alignment, concentric and eccentric forces, and breathing patterns.

Ballet – 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.

Classes will take place at one of our two locations:

– Westbeth (55 Bethune Street, 11th and 3rd Floors, NYC, 10014)
– East 63rd Street (316 East 63rd Street, Lower Level, NYC, 10065)

Before you choose your classes….


View Winter Intensive Brochure

View full Winter Intensive Schedule (right-click to download).

***Be sure to allow at least 45 minutes to travel between classes in our studios
at Westbeth (55 Bethune Street) and 63rd Street (316 E 63rd Street).***

Register NOW!

To register, please complete the Registration Form, and submit to:

Mail:   Martha Graham School, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014
Fax:   Martha Graham School, 212.838.0339, or
Scan and Email:   info@marthagraham.org


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Select dancers will perform Celebration in the
Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th Anniversary Season!

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2016 Summer Intensive:

June 27 – August 5

Registration will open this coming February!

Photo Credits: Anne Souder in a Graham 2 rehearsal; photo by Brigid Pierce. Alessio Crognale in a Graham 2 rehearsal; photo by Brigid Pierce.

Special Workshop for Men

Select dancers will perform Celebration in Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th Anniversary Season this April!

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All-Male Celebration Workshop
2-week Advanced Repertory Workshop for Men – $465

January 4 – 15, 2016
Martha Graham Studios
55 Bethune Street, NYC 10014

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Graham Technique for Men
5:00pm – 6:30pm – Advanced Repertory Workshop for Men

Dancers will engage with elements of the Graham Technique specific to men, using Martha Graham’s early work, Celebration (1934), as a platform for study. Participants are invited to audition for a performance of Celebration as part of the Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th Anniversary Season at New York City Center (Apr 14-18). This will be the first time Celebration is staged on an all-male cast.


For additional information, please email Program Director
Tadej Brdnik or call 212-229-9200 x20.


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Mark your Calendar for the next Intensive!!

2016 Summer Intensive:

June 27 – August 5

Registration will open this coming February!

Photo Credits: Alessio Crognale in a Graham 2 rehearsal; photo by Brigid Pierce. Anne Souder in a Graham 2 rehearsal; photo by Brigid Pierce.

Graham 2 at TED Talks Live!

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TED Talks Live : War and Peace

November 3rd and 4th, 2015 – 7:30pm
Town Hall – 123 West 43rd St – NYC 10036

Featuring Graham 2 in Amanda Kreglow’s The Mist of Dying

Ricardo Barrett – Jessica Sgambelluri

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Can we build a future without war? What does it take to bring peace? Join those who have experienced every aspect of war — fighters, journalists, psychologists, and more — for a look at the impact of war in the world.

TED Talks Live: War and Peace brings a night of thought-provoking talks and performances to New York’s Town Hall Theater on Nov. 3 and 4, 2015.

On either night, you can expect many great talks — including bold new ideas from author Sebastian Junger (Restrepo) and actor Adam Driver of Star Wars, a Marine Corps vet. Rufus Wainwright will play a short set of songs, and Pulitzer-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa will share poems with roots in his personal experience.

War & Peace is one of three TED Talks Live themes. The Education Revolution will run on November 1 and 2, and Science & Wonder will follow on November 5 and 6. Each night will be a thought-provoking mix of talks, performances and special surprises, hosted by author and comedian Baratunde Thurston.

TED Talks Live is funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in partnership with TED and ITVS. Content from the events will air in three primetime specials on PBS in the spring of 2016.

A limited number of free and reduced tickets are available for veterans and active military.

Details and Tickets are available on the TED page

2015 Annual Meeting

All-Graham Meeting

free and open to the public

October 14, 6:00pm
55 Bethune Street, 3rd floor studio

We are delighted to open our doors for the organization’s fourth Annual All-Graham Meeting.

Join us for a recap of the 2014-15 season and offer your thoughts on the upcoming 90th anniversary.

Immediately followed by New@Graham at 7pm, featuring a preview of Mats Ek’s AXE.
(New@Graham tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door. The annual meeting is free; all are welcome.)

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The Annual All-Graham Meeting is free and open to the public


Rehearsal showing of Mats Ek’s AXE!

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A rehearsal showing of Mats Ek’s AXE

October 13-14, 7:00pm

Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor, NYC 10014
Phone: 212.229.9200 x30

$20 advance / $25 at door
Advance Tickets available through October 12.

The NEW@Graham series offers a look inside the creative process of new works commissioned by the Company.

Presenting two rehearsal showings of AXE, a new work created for the Company by internationally acclaimed choreographer Mats Ek. Based on Ek’s film of the same name, AXE is a duet that reflects upon the complexities of a long-term relationship.

The evening includes excerpts from the film, commentary by Artistic Director, Janet Eilber, and a conversation with principal dancers PeiJu Chien-Pott and Ben Shultz about the rehearsal process.

AXE premiered at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in August 2015, and will have its New York premiere at New York City Center in April 2016 as part of the Company’s 90th Anniversary celebration. 

Scholarship Bash + Benefit

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A Night For and With Young Graham Dancers

Hosted by Peggy Lyman Hayes

Wednesday October 7

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

Unveiling our newly renovated theater facilities

Silent Auction
For those unable to attend the event, an Online Auction is now live!

Duets and Solos by Graham 2
Featuring the American premiere of
Le Faun était une Femme by Valérie Lacaze
danced by Graham Company dancer Charlotte Landreau

Presentation of the Pearl Lang and Armgard von Bardeleben Awards
and introduction of the new Ooi Meland International Accelerated Scholarship

All proceeds benefit Martha Graham School Scholarships

Wine provided by Brooklyn Oenology


For more information please contact Amanda Hameline:
ahameline@marthagraham.org 212-229-9200 x25



Abby Meiselman and Kenneth Bloom
Richard Hayes and Peggy Lyman Hayes
Eng Kian Ooi
Inger K. Witter



Gerald M. Appelstein
Mark and Lauren Booth
Donald J. Rose and Victoria Landon Rose
Judith G. and Herbert S. Schlosser
Ronald G. Targan
Lee L. Traub
Meryl and Chuck Witmer


For those unable to attend the event, an Online Auction is now live!

Scholarship Auction

Photo Credits: Hibbard Nash Photography