Graham 2 2019 Season • May 30 – June 2

For it’s 2019 Season, Graham 2 Director Virginie Mécène has selected a program reflecting on the Martha Graham Dance Company’s season theme, The EVE Project, which explores the many facets of womanhood.

The program will feature Heretic (1929), excerpts from Embattled Garden (1958) and El Penitente (1940), Conversation of Lovers from Acts of Light (1981), Appalachian Spring Suite (1944), the newly revived Secular Games (1962), and a new work by French choreographer Brice Mousset, set to the music of composer Mike Sheridan.

Thursday – Saturday, May 30 – June 1 at 7pm and Sunday, June 2 at 3pm

All performances take place in the Martha Graham Studio Theater at 55 Bethune Street, NYC

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Graham 2 is a pre-professional dance company drawn from the most advanced students of the Martha Graham School.

Its mission is to bring the Graham tradition to younger audiences, smaller venues, and to cultural communities, and to be a springboard for young dancers to enter the 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. Seventy percent of the current Company began as members of Graham 2.

Under the direction of 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, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Blanca Li, and Adam Barruch. 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 Miami, FL, 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.

Audition for Graham 2 on Saturday, June 29th!

All Graham 2 Dancers must be enrolled in a full-time certificate program. For more information and to register for the auditions, click here.

DANCERS

Madelaine Burnett is from Vancouver, BC, Canada where she began her training under the Royal Academy of Dance. In 2015 she moved to NYC to study on scholarship at the Ailey School under the mentorship of Kanji Segawa. She has studied and performed works by Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Mark Morris, Jessica Lang and Jacqulyn Buglisi, Esme Boyce and Johanttan Lee amongst others. She is now dancing in her first season with Graham 2.

Harold Trent Butler is from New Haven, CT and began his formal dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. He has attended intensives at the Martha Graham School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. With an eclectic background in dance – Harold has choreographed for brands including Twitter and Refinary 29. His dancing has been seen in music videos for SZA and Tordrick Hall and in publications like Vanity Fair and Dance Magazine. Harold joined Graham 2 in 2018.

Misha Culver is originally from Juneau, Alaska where she began her dance training at Juneau Dance Theatre. She graduated cume laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Modern Dance.  She has performed works by Loni Landon, Michael Thomas, Anthony Morigerato, Murray Louis directed by Alberto “Tito” Del Saz, among others. She joined in Graham 2 in September 2018.

Ty Graynor is originally from Huntington, NY. He received his BFA in Dance at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Throughout his studies he has worked with artists such as Nina Watt, Miki Orihara, Stephen Pier, Doug Varone, Bryan Arias, Adam Barruch, and Manuelle Vignoulle. He also performed several classic works by Martha Graham, José Limón, and Doris Humphrey. In 2017, he took part in the World Premier of ‘In The Box 2’ at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club. During his journey he has studied dance in cities such as Berlin, Rome, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and New York. This is Ty’s first season with Graham 2.

Mathilde Havard is originally from France where she graduated with a bachelor of Arts at Université Paris VIII. In France she performed works by Barack Marshall, Claude Brumachon, Uri Sands, Patricia Alzetta, Rick Odums, among others. She moved to New York City to study at the Martha Graham School and is the recipient of the Armgard Von Bardeleben Award for Excellence in Graham Studies. She joined Graham 2 in September 2018.

Jillian Linkowski is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. While in college she worked with Doug Varone, Alberto del Saz, Loni Landon and others. Jillian has performed works by Murray Lewis and Martha Graham, as well as toured internationally with Battery Dance Company as a dancer and teaching artist of their Dancing to Connect Refugee Integration program.

Tomislav Nevistic, a native of Zagreb, Croatia, started his professional training at the School of Contemporary Dance Ana Maletic where he specialized in the Laban technique. After his training he was awarded the Oscar for Education in Croatia. He moved to New York in 2015 and began his studies at the Alvin Ailey School. In 2017 he continued his studies in modern dance at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. He eventually joined Graham 2 in 2018. Mr. Nevistic has also appeared in several movies and theatre productions.

Sierra Christine Sanders is from Montclair, NJ. She has studied modern and other various styles of dance at New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center Young Artist Institute and attended Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts Summer Intensive. In 2017, Sierra received her B.F.A in Dance from Montclair State University. Formerly a dancer with Philadanco’s 2nd company, this is her first season with Graham 2.

Aoi Sato started ballet training at Liscombe International Ballet School in Japan. She received scholarship at Alvin Ailey School and performed “Memoria” with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) for City Center Season and at Lincoln Center for director of AAADT Robert Battle’s work. She performed works by Martha Graham, Virginie Mécène, Tracy Inman, Nai-Ni Chen and more. Ms. Sato joined Graham 2 in 2017 and was honored with the Pearl Lang Award for Excellence in Performance.

Jeffrey Shirbroun (Bainbridge Island, WA) began training at Bainbridge Dance Center under the direction of Susan Thompson and is currently studying at the Martha Graham School while also a member of Graham 2. Mr. Shirbroun has worked with choreographers Robin Bryant, Zoe Scofield and Christian Swenson.  Jeffrey gives thanks to his family and friends for their endless love and support and to his teachers for their wisdom and dedication. This is his first season with Graham 2.

Larissa Terada is from São Paulo, Brazil. She started her dance training at the age of 8 eight. After 9 years she graduated from the Escola de Dança de São Paulo. In 2015 she joined Corpo Jovem group and performed all around the city. She moved to New York City to deepen her Graham training and soon after performed in Martha Graham’s masterpiece, Appalachian Spring, with live music by the International Chamber Orchestra of America. She joined Graham 2 in September of 2018.

Androniki Vasili (Athens, Greece) graduated from the National School of Dance of Athens. She is presently deepening her studies at the Martha Graham School where she received the Ooi Meland Accelerated Program Scholarship Award. Ms. Vasili has performed works by various choreographers including Martha Graham, Akram Khan, Jasmin Vardimon, and Andonis Foniadakis among others. She joined Graham 2 in September 2018.

OFFERINGS

Performance

GRAHAM 2 brings an exhilarating dance experience to theaters, schools, community centers, and other venues. The performance begins with an introduction of GRAHAM 2 by the Artistic Director, a brief history of Martha Graham, and an overview of the dances to be performed. GRAHAM 2 will then perform works and excerpts from the Martha Graham repertory and of other choreographers who work in the Martha Graham tradition. Following the performance, the audience is treated to a full question / answer session with the Artistic Director, dancers and technical crew.

Open Technical Rehearsal

This behind-the-scenes look reveals the preparation required to produce an evening of dance and for dancers to adapt to a new performance venue. The Stage Manager welcomes visitors and explains what happens in a “technical rehearsal,” such as setting lights, sound levels, and all “cues.” The audience will observe the dancers “spacing” the dances and learning entrances and exits. An open “tech” rehearsal includes a complete run-through of the work being rehearsed. The length of this offering depends upon the discretion of the presenter, as actual technical rehearsals run from 1 to 5 hours.

Lecture Demonstration

The Lecture Demonstration illustrates how a Martha Graham dancer is trained. GRAHAM 2 Director begins with a brief introduction about Martha Graham’s life, philosophy, and her impact on American Modern Dance and the fundamental elements of Ms.Graham’s technique are demonstrated by GRAHAM 2 dancers. The class proceeds from floor work to standing phrases to leaps across the floor and demonstrations of her dramatic falls to the floor. Then, excerpts from dances are presented and briefly commented on by the Artistic Director before each selection. A question and answer session for audience and dancers concludes the program. Lecture / Demonstrations last approximately one hour and can be adjusted to fit available time.

Master Class

Master Classes provide a unique opportunity to explore the principles of the technique of Martha Graham, recognized as the foundation for contemporary dance forms that have followed. The Master Class consists of the three components that make up the Graham Technique Class: Floor Work, Center Work, and Across-the-Floor. The class is designed based upon the age group, skill level, and previous dance experience of the student body. The class may be taught at the Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced technique level. Master Classes are taught by a faculty member of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance OR BY GRAHAM 2 Artistic Director and demonstrated by members of GRAHAM 2.
Each class is 1 1/2 hours in length and can accommodate 30 students based upon the size of the space available.

Master Class with Open Studio Rehearsal

A Master class prior to an open rehearsal can be booked at the School.

Lecture Demonstration with Master Class

A Lecture Demonstration followed by a Master Class lasts 2 hours.

Master Class / Video Presentation / Discussion

The three classroom sections of the Master Class are shortened by 10 minutes each, followed by a video presentation of a dance choreographed by Martha Graham. We conclude with a question and answer discussion with the teacher, demonstrator, and students. Total time is 1 hour, 45 minutes.

For booking information, contact Virginie Mécène

at vmecene@marthagraham.org or at 212.229.9200 x 33