Graham Studio Series

Graham Studio Series - new

Our New@Graham and GrahamDeconstructed programs are a big hit. This year, for the first time, we’re offering a season package.

Performances include works-in-progress showings of new commissions by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Annie-B Parson, a Shoot the Dancers event launching the NYC Dance Project Photo Book, and an inside look at Graham works including Sacred/Profane Project and Dark Meadow.

Special Benefits for First-Year Subscribers:

  • Reserved seating for all studio performances.
  • First notification about special studio events.
  • Free ticket exchanges as available.
  • All ticketing fees are waived.

Choose from our new subscription packages:

Half-Season Package

$60 for your choice of three performances — save up to $30!

Full-Season Package

$110 for tickets to all six performances — save up to $70!

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2016 – 2017 Season Calendar

Sept 13 – 14 GrahamDeconstructed Martha Graham’s Dark Meadow Suite
Oct 4 – 5 GrahamDeconstructed Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra Act 2
Nov 30 Shoot the Dancers NYC Dance Project – Photo Book Launch
Dec 13 – 14 New@Graham Annie-B Parson – work in progress
Jan 6* & 11 New@Graham Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – work in progress
April 6 New@Graham A conversation with Pontus Lidberg NEW
May 2

GrahamDeconstructed Martha Graham’s Graham Technique™

all performances are subject to change

* Matinee performance begins at 3:30 and seating is strictly limited. All other performances begin at 7pm.

2016-2017 Performance Details

Location : Graham Studio Theater 55 Bethune Street, 11th floor New York, NY 10014

Dark Meadow Suite

One of Graham’s most psychological and abstract works, and noted for its extraordinarily poignant and intricate work for the danced chorus. Music: Carlos Chavez – Set: Isamu Noguchi – Costumes: Graham – Dancers in this clip: Takako Asakawa, David Walker. (1946)

September 13 – 14, 2016 – 7:00pm
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Clytemnestra Act 2

Graham’s masterpiece of contemporary theater and her only full-evening work, the characters and tragedy of the Trojan War resonate with today’s themes. Music: Halim El Dahm – Set: Isamu Noguchi – Costumes: Graham and Helen McGehee – Dancer in this clip: Fang-Yi Sheu. (1958)

October 4 – 5, 2016 – 7:00pm
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NYC Dance Project – Photo Book Launch

Photographers Deborah Ory and Ken Browar have made a name for themselves with their incredible dance photography. Join us for a special event celebrationg the launch of their new photography book. Following a conversation with the artists, the audience is invited to take out their own cameras and catch the Graham dancers in motion.

November 30, 2016 – 7:00pm
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Annie-B Parson – work in progress

Annie-B Parson co-founded Big Dance Theater in 1991. She has choreographed and co-created over 20 works for the company, ranging from pure dance pieces, to adaptations of found text, plays, and literature, to original works combining wildly disparate materials. Her work with Big Dance has been commissioned by Les Subsistances in Lyon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The National Theater of Paris/Chaillot, The Japan Society, The Walker Art Center, and many others, and has performed in scores of venues, most recently at Tanz Im August in Berlin.

December 13 – 14, 2016 – 7:00pm
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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – work in progress

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s debut as a choreographer was in 1999 with Andrew Wale’s contemporary musical Anonymous Society. Since then, he has made more than 20 fully-fledged choreographic pieces and picked up a slew of prestigious awards.In 2008, Sadler’s Wells named him as an Associate Artist, and since 2010 he has been artistic director of the Festival Equilibrio in Rome. In 2015 he was appointed as the new artistic director of the Royal Ballet Flanders. Cherkoui also maintains his own company Eastmen, founded in 2010 in Antwerp.

January 6, 2017 – 3:30pm
January 11, 2017 – 7:00pm

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A Conversation with Pontus Lidberg

Pontus Lidberg is a Swedish choreographer, filmmaker and dancer, most recognized for his film The Rain for which he received numerous awards around the world. As a choreographer for the stage, Mr. Lidberg has created more than 35 works for major international dance companies, such as Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, SemperOper Ballet Dresden, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Beijing Dance Theatre, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Morphoses, and for his own group Pontus Lidberg Dance.

April 6, 2017 – 7:00pm
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Graham Technique™

Martha Graham created her revolutionary dance technique in the early 20th-century. She developed a strong athletic style that also expressed the essence of emotion. The demanding physical training of the Graham technique is also a system through which to explore one’s inner emotions and beliefs. It offers ways to express ideas that words often cannot. Through floor and center work, as well as combinations across the floor, the Technique will hone young dancers’ skills to develop a strong, lifelong physical and emotional foundation.

May 2, 2017 – 7:00pm
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Graham Studio Series - new

About the Graham Studio Series

The Martha Graham Dance Company welcomes guests, patrons and fans into its West Village studios for intimate performances along with a glass of wine. The 2016-2017 Season the Company will host eleven performances, under the themes: GrahamDeconstructed, NEW@Graham, and Shoot the Dancers. For the first time ever, we have made the full Studio Series available as a season package.


A unique opportunity to view great Graham works up close and hear about the artistic and historical context of their creation from Artistic Director Janet Eilber. The program offers a glimpse of the artistic labor that goes on every day at the Martha Graham studios to preserve and augment Martha Graham’s great legacy.


Introducing the audience to the Company’s newest commissions, by offering a sneak-peek of the work before its premiere. After each performance, Artistic Director Janet Eilber hosts a conversation with the commissioned choreographer and the audience.

Shoot the Dancers

Audiences are invited to learn the secrets behind the images of leading dance photographers. Following a conversation with the artists, the Company takes the stage. The audience is invited to take out their own cameras and catch the Graham dancers in motion.

Photo: GrahamDeconstructed: Blakeley White-McGuire and Ben Schultz in Peter Sparling’s Notes for a Voyage. Photo by Antonia K. Miranda.