Surreal Graham: Herodiade and Spectre-1914 part of Performa 13

Surreal Graham Performa13

Monday evening availability limited to wait list at the door. Tickets at the door are cash only, $20 each.  

SAVE THE DATE –  January 21-23 is your next opportunity to see Graham dancers in the Martha Graham Studio Theater

GRAHAM DECONSTRUCTED: CAVE OF THE HEART Join us in the Studio Theater this January for another inside look ar a 20th Century masterwork. Premiered in 1947, Cave of the Heart, Graham’s abstract re-imagined of the Medea legend, was years in the making. Details of the collaboration between Graham, the composer Samuel Barber and sculptor Isamu Noguchi will be illustrated with a performance of the work itself.  The cast will include Miki Orihara as Medea,  Tadej Brdnik as Jason, Xiaochuan Xie as The Princess, and Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch as the Chorus.

Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 pm (SOLD OUT) Featuring art historian Mary Ann Caws

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 pm (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm (SOLD OUT)

Monday, November 25, 7:00 pm (SOLD OUT) See above about the waitlist

Martha Graham Studio Theater, 11th Floor, Westbeth, 55 Bethune Street, NY, NY 10014
Tickets $20 (includes a glass of wine)
Was Martha Graham a Surrealist? The Martha Graham Dance Company will present an intimate look at two seminal Graham masterworks created during the height of the Surrealist movement. Principal dancers Miki Orihara and Katherine Crockett will dance the rarely-performed Herodiade (1944).  Originally titled The Mirror Before Me, this dance has an evocative set by Isamu Noguchi and music by Paul Hindemith.  Crockett will also perform the iconic solo Spectre-1914 from 1936 — the same year MoMA presented “Fantastic Art, Dada and Surrealism.” Archival footage of Graham herself in both dances will be shown. Top art historian, Mary Ann Caws (opening night only),  as well as Graham Artistic Director, Janet Eilber, will frame each dance with commentary on possible Surrealist connections.  The hour-long event in the Martha Graham Studio Theater at Westbeth is part of the GrahamDeconstructed series. The $20 ticket includes a glass of wine and Q&A with the artists.
Performa 13 is the only biennial dedicated to commissioning, presenting and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines. For three weeks, November 1 – 24, 2013, Performa and a consortium of innovative organizations will band together to transform New York City into an international platform for celebrating live art. More information at

Scholarship Luncheon honoring Peggy Lyman Hayes


Please join us on Wednesday, October 16th at the Martha Graham School Scholarship Luncheon at the Scandinavia House in New York City.  We are thrilled to be honoring Peggy Lyman Hayes, who this year celebrates her 40th Anniversary with Martha Graham.   The Luncheon is an important annual benefit event for the School, with proceeds supporting the School’s Scholarship Fund.   For more information, please contact Amanda Hameline at (212) 229-9200, 25.
Scholarship Luncheon Invitation 

For more information, please contact Amanda Hameline at (212) 229-9200, 25.


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Our NEW@Graham initiative supports the creation of new works for the Graham dancers by some of the top artists working in dance and theater today.  Your support comes with special access to the artists and the creative process, as a brand new dance takes shape and finds its unique voice.



JULY 23, 8PM

JULY 24, 8PM

Support NEW@Graham, and we’ll thank you with VIP reserved seating at the Company’s upcoming performances at SummerStage.
Your total donation is tax deductible!


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Receive one VIP ticket to Lawn Chair Seating in the prime area close to the stage
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Receive a pair of exclusive VIP tickets to Deck Seating with complimentary bar service


Contributions of any size are welcome and tax deductible!

  • $50-$99: Receive a coupon to visit our Company class on a date convenient to you.  Observe the day-to-day process of these world-class dancers!
  • $100-$249: You and a guest are invited to a performance of our NEW@Graham series at the Graham Studio Theater.  There will be several dates for you to choose from. Be among the first to see the new works as they emerge from the rehearsal process!  Includes a glass of wine with the dancers.
  • $250-$499: You and 3 guests are invited to reserved seating at a performance of our NEW@Graham series at the Graham Studio Theater.  There will be several dates for you to choose from.  Be among the first to see the new works as they emerge from the rehearsal process!  Includes a glass of wine with the dancers.
  • $500-$999: You and a guest are invited to the entire NEW@Graham series at the Graham Studio Theater.  These three presentations will occur at dates throughout the year, generally in conjunction with the visits of our guest artists.  Includes that glass of wine with the dancers.
  • $1000-$2499: You and 5 guests are invited to an actual working rehearsal of one of our new works at the Graham Studio Theater.  Watch the creative process of one of our renowned guest choreographers as they work with our dancers to realize their newest ideas!  Enjoy a post rehearsal glass of wine with the artistic director. 
  • $5000 and above: The company invites you to dinner and conversation with one of our guest artists, cast members and the artistic director.  And we’ll be holding a pair of reserved seats for you at every event in the NEW@Graham series at Westbeth.

Interested in being a catalyst for this creative work?  Join us as a commissioner at the $15,000 to $50,000 level.  Credit for your commissioning support will be celebrated in print every time we perform the work.

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We’re pleased to announce that Nacho Duato will be returning to our studios February 17, 2014, to create a new work for six to eight dancers.  As details of the project emerge — from the casting and choreography to costume and lighting design — they will be shared with NEW@Graham supporters.  You can be part of this process from the beginning stages.

Nacho Duato is one of the most renown contemporary ballet choreographers of his time. He was the Artistic Director of Compañía Nacional de Danza in Madrid Spain from 1990- 2010, transforming the company into one of the most successful touring ensembles in the world. Mr. Duato became the Artistic Director of Mikhailovsky Ballet Theater in 2011, and it has recently been announced that he will become the Artistic Director of Staatsballetts Berlin, and stay with Mikhailovsky as a choreographer in residence.

In early 2013 Nacho created Rust (see photo above), a dance for five of our male dancers.  The creative process stretched our dancers into a rangy new dance vocabulary under the guidance of one of the greatest choreographers working today.  The audiences — from early showings to the premiere performances – found the work to be engrossing, profound and to reveal new aspects of the Graham experience.  Nacho himself was so appreciative of the process and outcome that he suggested a second collaboration.   Your support will help us fulfill the great potential of this next creation!


Andonis Foniadakis arrives in our Westbeth studios to begin work on a new dance September 30, 2013.   The dance, connecting to our season theme of “Myth and Transformation,” will draw inspiration from the Greek myth of Narcissus and Echo.  The creative team will include a cast of six to eight Graham dancers, costume designer Tassos Sofroniou, lighting designer Clifton Taylor, and composer Julien Tarride.  Your support is essential to launch this creation!  NEW@Graham showings will be offered in mid-October.  Your front row seat will give you unique insight into the artist’s intentions.

Andonis Foniadakis grew up in the small city of Ierapetra in the south part of island Crete in Greece. He began his dance training with Niki Papadaki at the local dance school of his city. As a freelance choreographer he has collaborated with: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Geneva Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Benjamin Millepied Dance Company USA, Dansgroep Amsterdam, and many more. He created his own dance company Apotosoma in 2003, and his work has been shown in France, Greece, Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, England, and the USA

Our dancers worked with Andonis in some “get to know you” workshops in late June while we were performing in Greece.


2013: Richard Move

         Luca Veggetti

         Nacho Duato

2012: Lar Lubovitch

         Yvonne Rainer

         Doug Varone

2011: Bulareyaung Pagarlava

         Robert Wilson

2010: Ann Bogart and SITI Company

         Josie Moseley

2009: Bulareyaung Pagarlava

2007: Aszure Barton

         Larry Keigwin

         Richard Move

2005: Martha Clark

1999: Susan Stroman

1995: Robert Wilson

1993: Pascal Rioult

         Twyla Tharp

Graham Deconstructed: Acts of Light

Acts of Light 6.20.13 Round 2

Tickets are available at the door.

Graham Deconstructed: Acts of Light will include a mini-performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company and a spoken introduction with Artistic Director Janet Eilber. Ticket buyers will enjoy a glass of wine during the presentation. 

Graham 2 Performs

2014 New York Season:  May 29 – June 1, 2014


May 29, 7:30 pm Opening Night Benefit honors distinguished alumnus Robert Cohen
May 30 and June 1, 8:00pm

Tickets are available online.


Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10014, (212) 229 9200 ex 30


Graham 2, the dance troupe for the Martha Graham School of Dance, was founded by Yuriko in 1983 (as the Martha Graham Ensemble) at the request of Martha Graham. Its mission is to bring fresh energy, passion, and vision to the brilliant tradition of Martha Graham. The dancers have been selected from among the hundreds of students from across the world who study at the Martha Graham School. Members are chosen by audition. While in Graham 2, dancers are supported by a scholarship and may be given the opportunity to perform with the Martha Graham Dance Company.Graham 2 performs Martha Graham’s repertory and the works of choreographers within the Graham tradition, and is highly committed to its arts outreach programs that are conducted all year long throughout the New York City public school system.For information about booking Graham 2, contact Virginie Mécène, Graham 2 Artistic Director at 212-838-5886, ex. 203, or
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Register now for the Summer Intensive

June 24 – August 2, 2013
Technique classes
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.”
High Res. Attitude. 1Level 1 For students who wish to learn the basics of  the Martha Graham Technique and accelerate rapidly
M–F 9:00–11:00


Level 2 For students with strong elementary background in Martha Graham Technique who wish to accelerate rapidly
M–F 11:00-1:00


Level 3* For students with a strong intermediate background in Martha Graham Technique who wish to increase facility
M–F  8:30–10:30


Level 4* For students and professionals with extensive experience in Martha Graham Technique who wish to deepen physical mastery
M-F 10:30-12:30

Photo by Alexandros Giannakis III

Repertory workshops
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: 
Choreography Workshop
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
Elena Scarabs
Sam Pott: 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.
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)
For information call (212) 229-9200 ext 30 (before June 24th) or (212) 838-5886 (after June 24th).
West Village
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor,  New York, NY 10014
Upper East Side
316 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

Martha Graham Dance Company Internships

Development, Marketing, and Resources / Archives internships

Martha Graham Dance Company seeks interns in the Development, Marketing, and Resources / Archives departments.

These internships are available immediately to college students in the New York City area. Interns are invited to open rehearsals, studio showings, and technique classes throughout the length of the internship. The Martha Graham Dance Company accommodates college credit programs.

Hours are flexible, but will be set with the department. Occasionally, Interns may be asked to work after normal business hours to assist with special events.

Development Intern

The Development Intern will work directly with the Development Associate and receive guidance from the Director of Institutional Giving and Director of Individual Giving. Position offers the opportunity to earn valuable hands-on experience in non-profit fundraising.

Intern will assist with career enhancing institutional and individual fundraising, special events coordination, and database management. The successful candidate will be proficient in Microsoft Office, have good research skills and an interest in non-profit fundraising.

Marketing Intern

The Marketing Intern will work directly with the Marketing and Archive Assistant and receive guidance from the Marketing Manager. Position provides the opportunity to earn valuable hands-on experience in non-profit marketing and media.

Intern will assist with graphic design, email campaigns, social media, press, and archives. The successful candidate will be proficient in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, HTML and CSS, and have a great sense of design and an interest in modern dance.

Resources and Archives Intern

The Resources and Archives Intern will work directly with the Resources Manager. Position offers an overview of archive career opportunities and the chance to work with important historical artifacts associated with a cultural icon. Intern will assist with evaluation and inventory of Hurricane Sandy-damaged materials, the Company’s media collection, and the creation of a digital database.

The successful candidate will have good computer and research skills, and an interest in research, archives and the arts.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to, indicating which internship you are applying for in the subject line.


Photo Credits: Hibbard Nash Photography