GrahamDeconstructed: Cave of the Heart

GrahamDeconstructed- Cave Jan 2013

Join us in the Studio Theater this January for GrahamDeconstructed: Cave of the Heart, an open rehearsal  of a 20th Century masterwork.  Premiered in 1946, Cave of the Heart, Graham’s abstract re-imagining 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.

Casting: Miki Orihara as Medea, Tadej Brdnik as Jason, and Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch as The Chorus
Spoken introduction by Artistic Director Janet Eilber

Martha Graham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor  (at Washington Street) NYC

7:00 pm each night
Space for walk-ins is limited, but we welcome you!

You helped us Kickstart Graham!

Kickstarter Eblast WE DID IT
UPDATE: Thanks for your help. We reached the goal, and we are so grateful to our friends and supporters. This collaboration is going to be fantastic, and we cannot wait to bring it to the stage!
Yes, we’re doing it too — launching a grassroots fundraising effort on Kickstarter.  

All of us at Graham are so enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed choreographer Nacho Duato that we are determined to help find the needed support.

Hear the details from our dancers:

It’s risky to create new art and an expensive proposition. But if we can raise seed money from hundreds of small donations, we think it will inspire others.

The dancers have come up with many creative rewards to give you access to their rehearsal process — even if you are on the other side of the world.  

Our Kickstarter campaign runs for only 30 days. 

We hope you will be part of it!

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

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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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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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Photo Credits: Hibbard Nash Photography