is a pre-professional dance company comprised of the most advanced students of the Martha Graham School. Its mission is threefold: To bring fresh energy, passion, and vision to the brilliant tradition of Martha Graham; to bring the Graham tradition to a younger audience, smaller venues, and to cultural communities; to be a spring board for young dancers to enter professional dance world.
Dancers are selected from among the hundreds of students from around the world who study at the Martha Graham School. While in Graham 2, dancers are supported by a scholarship, receive stipends for performances and may be given the opportunity to perform with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Eighty five percent of the current Company began as members of Graham 2.
Under the direction and coaching of its Artistic Director, Virginie Mécène, Graham 2 performs Graham’s repertory as well as works of guest choreographers such as Robert Battle, Pascal Rioult, Kun-Yang Lin, Robert Cohan, and Darshan Singh Bhuller. Committed to its education outreach program, Graham 2 performs for more than 3,000 public school children each year.
Graham 2 has performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company at New York City Center and The Joyce Theater and has an annual performance season at the Martha Graham Studio Theater. The troupe also has performed at leading New York venues including The 92 Street Y, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, LaGuardia Community College, Iona College, and other cities such as Baltimore, MD, Wintergreen, VA, Cherry Hill, NJ, and Barcelona, Spain.
Graham 2 was originally created by Yuriko at the request of Martha Graham in 1983 under the name of Martha Graham Ensemble.
“The evening, a total pleasure in its own right, gave an assurance that there are dancers being readied to carry the Graham legend forward into the coming years.”
“The talented youth displayed the true passion for their art that is characteristic of the YAP students who are trained in Graham technique.”
NYC Dance Stuff
“The company is filled with exuberant, talented young dancers who prevailed with every step, every contraction.”
New York Times
“Where do [the Graham II dancers] find this kind of passion for her oeuvre, which recedes further into the past even as it reaches new generations?”
“It was a very impressive performance overall, and several of the participating dancers seemed poised to emerge as successful Graham artists in the seasons ahead.”