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Martha-Graham-Dance-Company | Rena Shagan Associates, Inc


Summer 2017 - June 2018

Dancers/Performers: 15-20
Artistic/Administrative Staff: 3
Production/Technical: 3-4

As the oldest and most celebrated modern dance company in America, the Martha Graham Dance Company exemplifies its founder's timeless and uniquely American style of dance--one that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences worldwide. The pioneering choreographer and her dancers radically expanded the dance vocabulary, rooting it in social, psychological, and sexual ideas, forever altering the scope of the art form. The company offers the Graham experience for a range of audiences and venues. Its popular thematic programming combines Graham classics with contemporary works created for the Company by artists such as Nacho Duato, Marie Chouinard, Pontus Lidberg, Kyle Abraham, and Sonya Tayeh.

The Company customizes programming for each venue in partnership with the presenter. Programs can be organized around a presenter's season theme or local anniversary. The Company also has developed several thematic programs in recent years such as Martha Graham and American Music, Inner Landscape, Myth and Transformation, Shape and Design, and Noguchi/Graham: New Visions of Space.

In the 17/18 season, the Company is adding the theme of Sacred/Profane - contrasting ritualistic and mystical dances with works that consider the emotional interaction of real life. Premieres by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Annie-B Parson join the repertory. 

Multimedia events are also available, including Prelude and Revolt, which charts the era in which Graham burst on the dance scene, and Essential Graham programs designed for smaller venues. A Noguchi/Graham program includes three of Graham’s masterworks with sets by the sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The popular Shape and Design program will once again be available, featuring Graham’s connection to the visual arts, her role as an early abstractionist and works that use form and geometry.

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Onstage media, narration (available with roles for local celebrities,) programs customized for local events or anniversaries, partnerships with local cultural and educational organizations, lectures, gallery exhibits, film screenings are all part of the Company’s focus on context and audience access. The Company’s popular spoken introduction opens every performance. Programs designed for smaller venues are also part of this initiative. See more about special events under “Outreach and Residencies.”

The Company's programs contain a selection of dances from the great Graham masterworks paired with new works commissioned for the Company. Over 15 masterworks are available from Appalachian Spring and Lamentation to Cave of the Heart and Maple Leaf Rag. Deaths and Entrances, the Dark Meadow Suite and The Rite of Spring. New works touring from 2016-18 include dances by Marie Chouinard, Pontus Lidberg, Annie-B Parson and SIdi Larbi Cherkaoui. A selection of Lamentation Variations by today's top choreographers are also available. Programs are customized for every venue by Artistic Director Janet Eilber in conversation with the presenter. (Descriptions of thematic programs below.)

A partnership between the presenter and a local music group, this program features the scores commissioned for Graham from some of the great 20th Century composers. Appalachian Spring with its famous score by Aaron Copland is a popular choice as well as works by Barber, Menotti, Joplin, and others. The Company frequently collaborates with local orchestras to present programs with live music.

Illuminates the distinctly American form of Modernism rooted in dynamism, athleticism, and simplicity. This program highlights the work of Graham and current artists, who use form and architecture to kinesthetically shape space.

Offers a montage of seminal dances, surrounded by media and narration, capturing Graham’s early years and the beginnings of her indelible influence on American art.

Highlights the celebrated psychological Graham masterworks and dances by contemporary choreographers working in the same vein. A range of the Graham repertory is available for inclusion, including Deaths and Entrances and Errand into the Maze.
Celebrates the close artistic relationship between sculptor Isamu Noguchi and choreographer Martha Graham, featuring ballets which include sets Noguchi created and new works which also explore the onstage landscape. This program is often presented in conjunction with a museum or gallery partner.

Features how artists appropriate classic stories and transform them to make contemporary statements. Graham's masterworks based on the Greek drama are central to these programs, and they are framed by a range of contemporary dances.


Contrasts ritualistic and mystical dances with those that consider the emotional interaction of real life. Graham’s Primitive Mysteries, Diversion of Angels and Dark Meadow may be included with works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Annie-B Parsons.

This great community-connecter began several years ago and has been extremely popular. In the weeks before the Company’s performance, local dance students rehearse Graham’s dynamic early work, Panorama, which she created for 33 students in 1935. The local cast then performs Panorama as part of the Company’s performance. This extended teaching residency builds interest throughout the community leading up to the Company performances, always increases attendance and provides a memorable experience for the dance students and audience members alike.

Outreach & Residencies


Senior members of the Company work with beginning, intermediate or advanced dance students in intensive sessions introducing them to the Martha Graham Technique and excerpts from the repertory.

Company members present a performance with demonstrations. This presentation includes information about Martha Graham, how emotion is conveyed through Graham’s “body language,” demonstrations of her revolutionary technique and excerpts from the company’s repertory. Study Guide material available for participants.

Professional development workshops for teachers and programs that connect Graham’s themes to academic study are available. Study Guide material can be provided for participants.


Panels, Film Screenings, Gallery Displays, Photo Exhibits, Lectures, Pre and Post Show Conversations are all available.


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The New York Times ReviewFebruary 2013

Financial Times, February 2013

Dance Magazine, November 2013

Omaha, January 2014

The New York Times, March 2014

North American Tour Schedule 2016-2017

Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond
Wednesday, September 21 & Thursday, September 22, 2016
Richmond, VA

McLean Community Center
Saturday, September 24, 2016
McLean, VA

Pittsburgh Dance Council, Byham Theatre
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA

Kent State University, E. Turner Stump Theater
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Kent, OH

Dance Affiliates, Prince Theater
Thursday, November 3 - Sunday, November 6, 2017
Philadelphia, PA

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Memorial Auditorium
Thursday, March 23 - Friday, March 24, 2017
Chapel Hill, NC

Stony Brook University, Staller Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Stony Brook, NY

George Mason University
Friday, April 28, 2017
Fairfax, VA

White Bird
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Portland, OR

California State University Northridge, Valley Performing Arts Center
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Northridge, CA


Tech Info

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Pre-hang and Prior day load in required.

Proscenium opening 40ft wide X 20 ft high X 35 ft deep.

Marley floor, lighting and sound equipment, projector and hazer as appropriate.

Lamentation Variations, Inner Landscape, Prelude and Revolt, and The Rite of Spring all require a projector. The Rite of Spring and Chronicle require that presenter construct steps and a pedestal, respectively.

Contact Us

180 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10024