Martha Graham News

Date Of Birth:
May 11, 1894
Date Of Death:
April 01, 1991 (96)
Birth Place:
Allegheny, PA, USA
Choreographers Pat Birch & Luigi to be Honored at 2014 Astaire Awards, 6/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

On Monday, June 2 at 7:30pm at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, the 32nd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards will honor 5-time Tony Award nominee and 2-time Emmy Award-winning veteran choreographer Pat Birch with its Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award and legendary dancer and dance instructor Luigi with the Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation of Musical Theatre Award. The Astaire Awards is the only awards show to honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film and were first started in 1982 by the late Fred Astaire and the late Douglas Watt (a critic and writer for the NY Daily News and The New Yorker, his 100th birthday would be this year). (more...)

RIOULT Dance Headed to The Joyce Theater, 6/17-22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

RIOULT Dance NY, a leading American modern dance company with a classic sensibility, will present two unique programs during the June 17-22, 2014 New York Season at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC. The schedule runs:Tuesday at 7:30pm; Wednesday at 7pm; Thursday and Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm. Tickets start at $10 and are available at JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800, in person at The Joyce Theater Box Office, or online at (more...)

Rosie O'Donnell & Rosie's Theater Kids to Honor Pat Birch at PASSING IT ON, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Rosie's Theater Kids (RTKids) will present 'Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship' to benefit Rosie's Theater Kids at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater on Monday April 28, 2014 at 7pm. This year's event will honor legendary director and choreographer and RTKids mentor, Pat Birch. (more...)

Works by Robert La Fosse, Andrea Miller & More Set for Barnard/Columbia Dances, 4/25-26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

New dances by Robert La Fosse and Andrea Miller, plus Twyla Tharp's 'Treefrog in Stonehenge'-- each created with the fresh vibrancy of youth in mind -- will be showcased during Barnard/Columbia Dances at Miller 2014, April 25 and 26. The short, but packed season also features 'Lamentation Variations,' a series of new interpretations of Martha Graham's 1930 iconic solo. (more...)

Celebrity Series of Boston Presents the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, WHAT THE %@&*! HAPPENED TO COMICS? and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater May 1-4 Thursday | 7:30pm Friday | 8pm Saturday | 2pm & 8pm Sunday | 3pm Citi Wang Theatre: 270 Tremont St., Boston, MA Tickets: $35 and up Phone: 866-348-9738 MBTA: Green line to Boylston (more...)

Meshell Ndegeocello Added to Lineup of Celebrity Series of Boston's Jason Moran in Fats Waller Dance Party, 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

Celebrity Series of Boston will present jazz pianist Jason Moran in Fats Waller Dance Party on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8:00pm at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Tickets start at $44, and are available online at, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Saying Something New About Graham: The Martha Graham Dance Company at New York City Center
by Mary Callahan - Mar 27, 2014

It's probably not possible to say something about Martha Graham's choreography that hasn't already been said. After all, 2014 marks the Martha Graham Dance Company's 88th season. But just because these works have been seen by audiences a hundred times before does not make them any less meaningful or relevant. There will always be a few Graham 'virgins' in the house, experiencing the magic and mystery of the technique and canon for the first time. And on the other hand, there will always be Graham connoisseurs in the audience, ones that have seen each of the company's twenty-eight works. Even for them, however, the experience is new thanks to a different cast of dancers and an ever-changing contemporary lens. (more...)

by Barnett Serchuk - Mar 26, 2014

As I was going to the Paul Taylor performance I saw a woman wearing a mink coat and my brain retreated to my early teenage years when all those Blackglama ads were in vogue. You remember them: 'What becomes a legend most?' Among those featured in the advertisements were Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, and Martha Graham, among the many icons. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Martha Graham Dance Company Mixes Old and New Flavors
by Victoria Shadle - Mar 25, 2014

Watching a notable prolific choreographer's company perform two of her historic masterpieces is always a treat. Even more flavorful is when these pieces surround the main course of a world premiere created by a new star in the dance world. Judging from the packed house's resounding applause, it will go down in the minds of many as a decadent meal of modern dance. (more...)

The Celebrity Series of Boston Present the Maria Schneider Orchestra, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Celebrity Series of Boston will present the Maria Schneider Orchestra on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8pm at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan. (more...)

Atlanta Ballet's Modern Choreographic Voices Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

For one weekend only, March 21-23, Atlanta Ballet will offer three unique works by three dynamically distinct choreographers at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for its Modern Choreographic Voices (MCV) production. (more...)

The Kitchen Sets 2014 Spring Season: SYNTH NIGHTS, MATA Festival & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

The Kitchen has announce programming for its Spring 2014 season, which begins April 4-5 with the latest edition of Synth Nights, The Kitchen's series of live electronic music. This installment, curated by composer Nico Muhly, features a trio of musicians-Joe Snape, Jethro Cooke, and Jordan Munson-who all bring acoustic textures and an emotional core to their electronic compositions. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Legacy of the Myth: Martha Graham Dance Company
by Melia Kraus-har - Mar 21, 2014

Martha Graham Dance Company embraced "Myth and Transformation" as its rallying theme and looked to Greece to fulfill that charge at their New York City Center gala performance on March 19th. The company took great care, as it has in recent seasons, to engage and educate their audience throughout the performance. Extensive program notes, accompanied by Artistic Director Janet Eilber's narrative interludes and projected text in the opening piece, Graham's Clytemnestra, strongly guided that aim. Eilber reminded the audience that Graham considered herself "doom eager," seeking to reside in a state of free fall, much like Clytemnestra. Graham's greatest triumphs often reside in her heroines' fall from grace. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Paul Taylor's ESPLANDE Outshines at Lincoln Center
by Frances Steiner - Mar 20, 2014

Paul Taylor is the last of the living great modern choreographers of the 20th century. He began creating dances in 1954 and has worked with some of the biggest names of the dance world, including Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and George Balanchine; he has collaborated with some of today's most important visual artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly, and Jasper Johns. Many, if not all, choreographers cite him as an inspiration for their work. Paul Taylor's repertory should be permanently placed on a syllabus for any dance enthusiast. Saturday night's performance at Lincoln Center's David Koch Theatre showed the highs and the lows of Paul Taylor Dance Company. (more...)

RIOULT Dance NY to Host 2014 Summer Intensive, 8/11-16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

RIOULT Dance NY, a leading American modern dance company with a classic sensibility, presents its 2014 Summer Intensive from August 11-16, 2014 at 890 Broadway, 4th floor (at 19 Street), NYC. The price for the full intensive is $500. Participation in Ballet/Modern/Repertory only is $360, and for Ballet/Modern only, the price is $240. Email or visit to obtain an application form. Applicants who register by March 31 will receive a 10% discount. (more...)

RIOULT Dance NY to Host 2014 Summer Camp, 8/11-15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

RIOULT Dance NY, a leading American modern dance company with a classic sensibility, presents its 2014 Summer Camp for kids from August 11-15, 2014 at 890 Broadway, 4th floor (at 19 St.), NYC. The price for the five-day long camp is $425 via early registration, and will be $475 after May 15th. Additionally, students will receive a $50 discount for bringing a second student to the program. Scholarships are available. Email, call 212-398-5901, or visit for more information or to obtain a registration form. (more...)

New Dramatists to Honor Susan Stroman at 65th Annual Spring Luncheon, 5/22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

NEW DRAMATISTS,Tony Honor recipient and the nation's premiere playwright development workshop, proudly announces that they will honor five-time Tony Award winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman with their 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at its 65th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute, to be held Thursday, May 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Among the Stroman collaborators offering tributes will be Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines and New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck performing a selection from Little Dancer, Taylor Mac performing a selection from The Last Two People on Earth, Tony nominee Marin Mazzie performing from Bullets Over Broadway; and Contact collaborator John Weidman, and cast members from The Scottsboro Boys.The event co-chairs are Letty Aronson, Roy Furman, and Julian Schlossberg. (more...)

Centenary Stage to Welcome Art Of Motion Dance Featuring Breast Cancer Project, 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

The Art of Motion Dance Theatre (AOM) is a repertory company performing original works by Artistic Director Lynn Needle, Olivia Galgano, and guest artists. AOM is performing as part of Centenary Stage Company's Dance Fest on Saturday, April 5th at 8 p.m. at The Lackland Center in Hackettstown, NJ. This performance will feature a segment about Breast Cancer awareness using Centenary College Dance Students and noted experts in the field of dance, lighting, and music to create a memorable and touching event. (more...)

VISION, FAITH, & DESIRE III Set for Pleasant Home, 4/12-13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Vision, Faith, & Desire III: Dancemakers Inspired by Martha Graham will be presented by Winifred Haun & Dancers in collaboration with Oak Park's Historic Pleasant Home on April 12 & 13. The program will feature work by: Randy Duncan, Winifred Haun, RE/Dance, Deborah Goodman, Yuriko and a film by Alex Springer and Xan Burley. The program will also include the premiere of a new 'Lamentation Variation,' choreographed by Winifred Haun, using the creative structure provided by The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. (more...)

JUILLIARD DANCES REPERTORY with Works by Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch & More, Begins 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

This month, Juilliard Dances Repertory presents repertory works by acclaimed choreographers Eliot Feld, Juilliard alumnus Lar Lubovitch, and Twyla Tharp. Juilliard dancers perform Baker's Dozen by Twyla Tharp; Concerto Six Twenty-Two by Lar Lubovitch; and The Jig is Up by Eliot Feld. All three dances were choreographed between 1979 and 1986, and Juilliard dancers have had the opportunity to learn the dances through intensive work with two of the choreographers - Eliot Feld and Lar Lubovitch - and with Juilliard alumna Shelley Washington, an original member of the cast of Twyla Tharp's work. (more...)

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