Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund Contributors
Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund Contributors
On November 27, the Martha Graham Center joins a national movement of charities, businesses, foundations, families, students and communities to create #GivingTuesday, a new day during the holiday season that is dedicated to giving.
As part of this first ever #GivingTuesday, the Martha Graham Dance Company invites its community to help reconstruct costumes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
All classes are back at Westbeth and on normal schedule.
“I run best on a muddy track.”
All of us at the Martha Graham Center stand in solidarity with our friends who have felt the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Here in our new Westbeth home in the West Village, we are surrounded by residents who lived without water, power or heat for nearly two weeks. We know that this scene is replicated around the region as families cope with devastating loss.
The Martha Graham Dance Company took a direct hit. Our historic collection of sets, costumes, and artifacts, gathered over eight decades and valued at $4 million, was immersed for six days when Sandy swept into our basement warehouse, blowing out doors and knocking down walls. There were hundreds of costumes along with Isamu Noguchi sets for such masterpieces as Night Journey, Cave of the Heart, and Errand into the Maze stored in the basement. Some of these costumes were seen on the stage only days before the storm landed.
Now we begin the massive task of rebuilding. With help from volunteer conservators who have been on site to advise us, we are rescuing precious costumes designed and even in some cases worn by Martha. From the original Noguchi sets for Clytemnestra to a hundred or so Panorama costumes created for our public high school partners, we are in the process of determining the best restoration plan for each piece in the collection.
This is a tremendous undertaking, but with the Graham community at our side, we are making remarkable progress. We have established the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund for the Martha Graham Dance Company, and we invite you to join our efforts and to share our story. With your help, we will reclaim, restore or recreate every object central to the Graham legacy and our future.
For their part, the dancers won’t miss a beat. Inspired by Martha’s fierce determination, they are focused on upcoming performances in Italy, Michigan, North Carolina, and New York City.
With great hope for the future,
LaRue Allen Janet Eilber
Executive Director Artistic Director
Acclaimed choreographer Nacho Duato will create a new work for the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2013. Commissioned by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a part of the Company’s Myth and Transformation program, the piece will feature music by Arvo Pärt and will premiere on the same program as Martha Graham’s newly reconstructed The Rite of Spring. Wendy Whelan, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, will join the Graham Company as guest artist for these performances on April 26-27, 2013, which conclude the Carolina Performing Arts celebration “The Rite of Spring at 100.”
The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance will hold its annual Scholarship Luncheon on October 11, 2012 at Scandinavia House. We will be honoring Board President Inger K. Witter for her outstanding dedication to the Martha Graham School. Please contact Suzanne Flanagan at email@example.com for tickets and more information. Click here for the reply card.
The Young Artists Program of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance is open by audition to talented student dancers ages 13-17 of all backgrounds from public and private schools throughout the New York City region. Students will receive comprehensive dance instruction in the Graham Technique, Ballet, Creative Workshops and performance opportunities. Plus much more!
Click here for more information on the September 8th audition.
Register now for the Children’s Program. Children from 6 to 9 and from 9 to 12 study in a creative way in a non competitive atmosphere where they will develop their imagination, body coordination, and musicality- all leading to higher self-esteem and increased body awareness. The program starts September 8th - Each Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30AM.
Our full-time programs offer a rich array of classes including Repertory, Acting, Composition, Music, Anatomy, Dance History, Ballet, and of course the Martha Graham Technique taught by experienced Graham performers. The Martha Graham School is the only school focusing primarily on the Martha Graham Technique where students from all over the world come to study.
The Martha Graham School’s 2012 Summer Intensive began on Monday, June 25th. Classes are held in both our East 63rd Street former home and our new space at Westbeth. Please check the schedule to find out where your class will take place. We are thrilled to welcome so many wonderful students from all over the world to the School to study the Graham Technique.
Click here for a registration form.