Graham Studio Series presents:
CUNNING-GRAHAM TECHNIQUE COMPARISON
featuring Graham 2 and Cunningham Workshop participants
February 4 – 5 at 7:00pm in the Martha Graham Studio Theater
Merce Cunningham began his career in Martha Graham’s company. Was his new style a complete revolt from Graham or is there more in common between these two geniuses than we think? See a comparison of the two physical systems—the classroom techniques—they invented to serve their visions for the stage. The evening will include technique demonstrations and performances of excerpts from a Cunningham work and a Graham work.
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 generous scholarship, and receive integrated training through technique classes and rehearsals and weekly stipends. Additionally, Graham 2 dancers 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.
PHOTOS: Graham 2 Dancers by Melissa Sherwood and Elizabeth Ajtay.