Licensing

The incomparable repertoire of Martha Graham is available to professional dance companies and universities for licensing.

Organizations that license a Martha Graham work will receive:

  • A Graham Master teacher (if your company does not include a Graham artist)
  • A detailed regisseur packet (rehearsal videos, rehearsal audio, staging notes, historic background)
  • Rental costumes from the original Martha Graham designs, or costume design and construction consultation
  • Set rental
  • Lighting and technical consultation
  • Performance quality audio
  • Contact information for obtaining music rights
  • Original program notes and credits
  • Dramatic archival photos, publications and educational materials

Learn more about:

Professional Productions
Student Productions
High School Productions
Archival Materials
University Partners Showcase

Professional Productions

Professional dance companies around the world have licensed Martha Graham masterworks. The Martha Graham Licensing and Resources Department will customize licensing projects geared toward your company’s needs, and will provide support to ensure reconstructions and performances of the highest artistic quality and authenticity. Our past partners include:

 

American Ballet Theater
Argentinian Ballet
Ballet de L’Opéra de Paris
Ballet de Lorraine
Diana Vishneva
HET Dutch National Ballet
Hubbard Street 2
Peter London Global Dance Company
South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company
Verb Ballets
Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company

Many of the Graham classics are available for licensing by professional companies. View the Martha Graham Dance Company repertory.

Ballet de Lorraine
Diana Vishneva in Errand into the Maze
Diana Vishneva and Ben Schultz in Errand into the Maze
For more information,
contact Suzy Upton at
supton@marthagraham.org.

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Student Productions

More than 100 colleges and universities have staged reconstructions of Martha Graham’s renowned choreography. Student productions, which can be geared to beginning, intermediate and advanced dancers, couple classroom studies in the Martha Graham Technique with performances of her revolutionary choreography. This unique opportunity for students allows them to gain deeper understanding of Graham’s pioneering movement vocabulary by experiencing its world-renowned expressive power onstage.

I cannot tell you what a transformational experience it was for my students to feel the power of the Graham Technique in their bodies, and to feel its spirit in their soul thanks to your miraculous teaching and mentoring.— Susan Haines, Western Washington University

 

Illinois State University
Our recent university partners include:

Adelphi University
Baltimore School of the Arts
Belhaven University
Dean College
École Superieure, Paris
Escola de Danca, Sao Paulo
Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts
Franklin and Marshall College
George Mason University
Grand Valley State University
Illinois State University
Indiana University
Laban School, London
Miami Dade College
Montclair State University
New Orleans Ballet Association
New Ballet Ensemble School
New World School of the Arts
Oklahoma University
Paris National Conservatory
Point Park University
Pomona College
Rambert School, London
Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance
Sarah Lawrence College
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University
Taipei University of the Arts, Taiwan
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
University of Arizona
University of Hartford
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina – Charlotte
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
University of Utah
Western Washington University
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina – Greensboro

Martha Graham Masterworks Available for Student Productions

Celebration (1934) a minimalist study of joy, is a classic and vigorous example of Graham’s formative years; 12–15 women (may also be a co-ed cast), score by Louis Horst. Appropriate for intermediate and advanced modern dancers.

Panorama (1935) uses sheer numbers and geometric design to drive home Graham’s intense socio-political themes; 30–35 dancers, may be co-ed, score by Norman Lloyd. An excellent Graham introduction for intermediate dancers.

Steps in the Street (1936) is a powerful statement about the individual against tyrannical forces; 12 women (has been performed with 24), score by Wallingford Riegger. For intermediate and advanced students, some prior Graham training required.

Diversion of Angels (1948) is a lyrical, ecstatic essay on love; 4 men, 7 women, score by Norman Dello Joio. A wonderful challenge for professional track students who have studied some Graham technique.

Temptations of the Moon (1986) is part pagan ritual, part lyrical celebration; co-ed cast of 16-18; score by Béla Bartók. An excellent introduction for advanced students, ballet and modern, with no prior Graham training.

Other works available for student productions: Heretic, Primitive Mysteries, “Helios” from Acts of Light. Excerpts from Appalachian Spring, Night Journey, Clytemnestra and El Penitente, Solos Lamentation and Satyric Festival Song.

Reconstruction Packages

Using our network of Graham master teachers, Martha Graham Licensing and Resources offers packages that ensure reconstructions and performances of the highest artistic quality and authenticity. Fees for Performance Licenses for Student Productions depend on the dance requested. The mission of the Licensing Department is to facilitate student reconstructions and make sure they are affordable. Artistic support for each production includes:

  • A Graham Master teacher (if your faculty does not include a Graham artist) The Licensing Fee does not include the salary for the Master Teacher
  • A Martha Graham Tool Kit (rehearsal videos, rehearsal audio, staging notes, historic background)
  • Rental costumes from the original Martha Graham designs
  • An authentic lighting and technical consultation
  • Performance quality audio
  • Contact information for obtaining music rights
  • Original program notes and credits
  • Dramatic archival photos, publications and educational materials
  • Collaboration on interdepartmental curriculum (music, visual arts, education, theater, history departments)
  • Martha Graham T-shirts are available for schools to purchase in groups of 25, 50, or more for resale on campus. Contact us for more information about this popular fundraising idea.

Educational Showing License

Educational Showing License is for a studio showing which is the culmination event for a Graham repertory workshop. These showings do not use costumes, theatrical lighting, or live music. The Educational Showing License includes basic reconstruction materials and is only granted to an experienced Graham regisseur. The cost is $1500. Please contact Suzy Upton, at supton@marthagraham.org for further information.

High School Productions

Special consideration is given to qualified high schools considering licensing a Martha Graham work. Please contact Suzy Upton at supton@marthagraham.org for further information.


Interlochen Arts Academy

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Inquiries Regarding the Use of Photos, Films, Costumes, and Sets

Martha Graham Licensing and Resources has digital reproductions of photos, film and video for use in books, newspapers, magazines, journals, documentaries, exhibitions, webs sites, catalogues, posters, brochures and more. Costumes and sets are also available on loan for reconstructions, exhibits and photo shoots.

How to Donate Historic or Archival Materials

Martha Graham Licensing and Resources welcomes donations of historic and archival material related to Martha Graham. Past donations have included programs, photographs, films, personal collections, books, magazines and correspondence. Donations are tax-deductible.

How to Arrange an Interview

Interviews can be arranged for students and other researchers interested in speaking with dancers who have worked directly with Martha Graham.

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University Partners Showcase
February 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm
The Joyce Theater, New York City

Be a part of our Third Annual University Partners Showcase

– planning is now under way

Second Annual University Partners Showcase

As part of the Martha Graham Dance Company’s 2013 New York Season, dance students from 5 national dance training programs came to New York City to perform at The Joyce Theater. Student dancers performed Graham classics to a sold out audience in conjunction with the company’s Myth & Transformation season.
2013 Participants included:
Franklin and Marshall College - Celebration
Montclair State University - Night Journey Chorus
New World School of the Arts - Adorations
Graham II - Rite of Spring
Adelphi University - Helios
Sarah Lawrence College - Primitive Mysteries
All City Panorama - Panorama
  • Students performed on Saturday matinee of the Martha Graham Dance Company season at The Joyce Theater
  • February 23, 2013
  • This unique opportunity affords students an exciting performance experience at New York’s premiere dance venue
  • Call or email Suzy Upton for more information supton@marthagraham.org

 

First Annual University Partner Showcase
Read Robert Greskovic’s Wall Street Journal review, “Martha Graham Company Made Young Again.”

Read the Huffington Post on the University Partners Showcase, “The Global Search for Education: Where is the Next Martha Graham?”

 

2012; CART; dance; student, Works A Foot

Students from Montclair State University perform Night Journey Chorus at UPS

Franklin and Marshall Jen Conley

Students from Franklin and Marshall College prepare to perform Celebration at UPS

Students from The Hartt School  perform Dark Meadow at UPS

Graham II performs Diversion of Angels at UPS

Students from Point Park University perform Heretic at UPS

2012 Participants included:

The Hartt School – Dark Meadow Suite
New World School of the Arts – “Prelude to Action”
Skidmore College – “Steps in the Street”
Point Park University – Heretic
Interlochen Arts Academy – Panorama
University of Arizona – On My Mother’s Side
Graham II – Diversion of Angels

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“It was such a joy to watch our dancers rise to the occasion in a Graham work, in New York City, onstage at the Joyce.” – Susan Stowe, Chair, Department of Dance, Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts

“Participating in your first University Partners Showcase was both an honor and a thrill. The educational experience and opportunity this afforded our students was invaluable. I feel certain they will reflect upon it for the rest of their lives. Congratulations on bringing your fantastic idea to fruition.” – Mary Harney, Artist-in-Residence, Skidmore College

“If by studying and performing a Graham masterwork, these students have learned something about themselves, having given more of themselves emotionally as well as physically than they may have thought possible, that’s a lesson that will stay with them and inform their lives, whether or not they go on to become professional dancers.” -Janet Eilber, Artistic Director, Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance

 

  • Students performed on Saturday matinee of the Martha Graham Dance Company season at the Joyce Theater
  • March 17, 2012

 

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Photo Credits: Left: Katherine Crockett in Martha Graham's Lamentation. Photo by Michele Ballantini. Right: Iris Florentiny, Blakeley White-McGuire, and Jacqueline Bulnes in Martha Graham's Chronicle. Photo by Michele Ballantini.