Pre Audition 2016

Prepare for the Company Auditions with our Pre-Audition Workshop!

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Martha Graham Dance Company will hold a Pre-Audition Workshop, May 11-13, and Auditions, May 14-15, 2016. The Company seeks strong dancers with a command of Graham Technique and ballet. Core dancers are guaranteed 30 weeks of work per year, and are members of the American Guild of Musical Artists AFL-CIO.

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For more information about Auditions, please click here.

Pre-Audition Workshop May 11 – May 13, 2016
(Workshop is not required for audition – space is limited)

May 11
9:10am – 10:40am
10:50am – 12:20pm
10:50am – 12:20pm
12:45pm – 2:45pm
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Ballet (add-on)
Graham Technique III (advanced)
Graham Technique IV (professional)
Current Company Repertory
Graham Technique Refresher
May 12
9:10am – 10:40am
10:50am – 12:20pm
10:50am – 12:20pm
12:45pm – 2:25pm
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Ballet (Add-on)
Graham Technique III (Advanced)
Graham Technique IV (Professional)
Current Company Repertory
Graham Technique Refresher
May 13
9:10am – 10:40am
10:50am – 12:20pm
10:50am – 12:20pm
12:35pm – 2:35pm
2:50pm – 4:20pm
Ballet (Add-on)
Graham Technique III (Advanced)
Graham Technique IV (Professional)
Current Company Repertory
Graham Technique Refresher

Auditions May 14 – 15, 2016

May 14
9:30am – 11:00am
11:00am – 12:00pm
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Pre-Audition Class
May 15
12:00pm – 6:00pm


Martha Graham Studio Theater, Westbeth, 55 Bethune St, 11th Fl, New York, NY 10014

Ballet (add-on)
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.

Graham Technique IV (Professional)with Denise Vale
This class is designed for Professional and Pre-professional dancers with a strong background in Graham technique.

Graham Technique III (Advanced)with Virginie Mecene
This class is designed for Advanced and Pre-professional dancers with a extensive background in Graham technique.

Current Company Repertory with Martha Graham Principal Dancers – PeiJu Chien-Pott and Lloyd Knight
Repertory will preview choreography and physical vocabulary including movement from the Company’s current repertory by Martha Graham, Mats Ek, Pontus Lidberg, Marie Chouinard, Andonis Foniadakis, Nacho Duato and others.

Graham Technique Refresherwith Tadej Brdnik
This class is specifically tailored to Professional and Pre-professional dancers without extensive Graham technique and training.

Pre-Audition Class
Graham technique warm-up class specially designed as a preparation for the Audition.


  • Pre-Audition Workshop:
    – 3 days: $180
        ($110 for full-time Graham Students ONLY)
    – 1 day:   $80       ($55 for full-time Graham Students ONLY)
    For Current Repertory and either Graham Technique III or Graham Technique Refresher. Workshop Fee includes $25 Audition Registration Fee.
  • Additional Graham Technique Class:
    – $50 ALL 3 classes
    Single Additional Graham Technique class can be purchased on the day of at the studio

    For those wishing to take both technique classes: Advanced Graham Technique and Graham Technique Refresher.

  • Ballet (Add-on)
    – $50 ALL 3 classes
    Single Ballet class can be purchased on the day of at the studio.
  • Pre-Audition Class (May 2): $18
    Class Fee does not include Audition Registration Fee.
  • Audition Registration Fee: $25
    (Current AGMA members pay no fee).

Please note: All Audition and Workshop Registration fees are non-refundable.

Register now!

AGMA Members: To register, please email Tadej Brdnik at

For additional information contact Tadej Brdnik:, with subject 2016 AUDITION

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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

Gala Tickets

For performance tickets, click here.

For performance tickets only, visit our NYC Season Page

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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!

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.”

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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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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.

Photo Credits: Hibbard Nash Photography