Virginie Mécène, Program Director
Virginie Mécène was a Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1994 to 2006, touring the world performing many roles of the repertoire. Ms. Mécène served as the Director of the Martha Graham School from 2007 to 2015 maintaining and developing the School curriculum while sustaining the integrity of the Graham Technique and nurturing the process that continues its development. She has also served as the Director of Graham 2 since 2007, teaching technique, repertory, partnering, and pedagogy. Ms. Mecene has been a member of Buglisi Dance Theater (formerly Buglisi/Foreman Dance) since its inception in 1994 and originated many roles of the repertoire. She also danced with Pearl Lang Dance Theater, Battery Dance Company and in the work of Susan Stroman, and Lucinda Child, among others. A native of France, Mecene received multi-disciplinary dance training in Paris and graduated with a C.A.E. in Jazz from the Fédération Française de la Danse. After teaching in Paris she moved to New York City in 1988 for in-depth studies of the Martha Graham technique. She also took part in the reconstruction of two of Ms. Graham’s original works: Panorama, and Prelude to Action from Sketches from Chronicle. As a regisseur, Ms. Mecene has restaged Miss Graham’s works nationally and internationally in Universities and companies. In 2011 she restaged Ms. Buglisi’s Table of Silence with visual artist Rossella Vasta on the Plaza of San Rufino Cathedral in celebration of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in Assissi, Italy. Ms. Mecene has taught classes, master classes, workshops, and held conferences nationally and internationally and also serves as an adjudicator for dance competitions nationally and internationally. Her choreographic work has been presented in New York City, Saratoga Springs, New Town, Flint, Baton Rouge, Cap May, and also internationally, in Singapore, France, Italy, and in Japan. Ms. Mecene’s writings have been published in Ballet Review and the French magazine Danser. She presently serves as President of EFSD (Emergency Fund For Student Dancers) in New York City.