Martha graham dance company

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Summer 2020 – June 2021


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,  Pontus Lidberg, Kyle Abraham and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

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. 



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the eve project

The EVE Project celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which finally afforded women the right to vote in the United States. The range of women choreographers featured in the program is comprehensive, from the deepest roots of modern dance -- Martha Graham's heroines and anti-heroines -- to contemporary superstars. The Graham share of the show could include her early, all-women CHRONICLE and the classics Appalachian Spring andCave of the Heart. The latest generation is represented in spectacular fashion by Americans Pam Tanowitz, Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith among others.. 


Continuing to present programs around far-reaching themes, Human/Nature focuses on Graham’s dances that look at the fragile relationship between our planet and human society. Human/Nature programs will include a collection of solos and group pieces such as Lamentation, Cave of the Heart and Moon that reveal a spiritual understanding of our planet and the eternal quest to connect with natural forces at play.


APPALACHIAN SPRING, which reveals a deep spiritual understanding of the earth and the relationship with its governing inhabitants, the human race, is also Graham’s best known and most beloved work, and Aaron Copeland’s original score has become an American classic.

In honor of Appalachian Spring’s 75th Anniversary and in response to the Graham/Copeland collaboration, Montclair, New Jersey’s PEAK PERFORMANCES is commissioning THE AUDITIONS by choreographer Troy Schumacher, a soloist with New York City Ballet and composer Augusta Read Thomas, two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. The orchestration for both works is similar, lending the program the possibility of live music for both.

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Residency Activities


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

panorama project

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, always increases attendance and provides a memorable experience for the students and audience members alike.


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



Complete Technical Rider upon Request