Featured Facts About Martha Graham Dance Company
In 1926, Martha Graham founded her dance company and school, living and working out of a tiny Carnegie Hall studio in midtown Manhattan, New York City. In developing her technique, Martha Graham technique experimented endlessly with basic human movement, beginning with the most elemental movements of contraction and release. Martha Graham’s dancing and choreography exposed the depths of human emotion through movements that were sharp, angular, jagged, and direct. The dance world was forever altered by Martha Graham’s vision.
The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance continues to be a world leader in the evolving art form of modern dance by leveraging a legacy of innovation. Home to the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and Martha Graham Resources and Licensing, the Center supports creative activity in all divisions — from new theatrical programming and commissioned art, to experiential curricula and innovative engagement opportunities for all types of audiences.
Photo of Xin Ying and Anne Souder in Martha Graham’s Chronicle by Melissa Sherwood.
Source: Vogue - Pas de Deux: Matching Dancer Martha Graham’s Costumes With Looks From the Current Collections
by Laird Borrelli-Perssson. Photos - Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv; Bettmann / Getty Images
<p>President Ford and Martha Graham.</p>
Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. (1989). Martha Graham Dance Company rehearsal of American Document with Martha Graham and Mikhail Baryshnikov, choreography by Martha Graham.
Canticle for Innocent Comedians rehearsal with Sonya Tayeh
Photo of Leslie Andrea Williams in Martha Graham’s Chronicle ©Hibbard Nash Photography.
Martha Graham and her Company have expanded contemporary dance’s vocabulary of movement and forever altered the scope of the art form by rooting works in contemporary, social, political, psychological, and sexual contexts, deepening their impact and resonance. Members of the Martha Graham Dance Company continue to expand its mission to present the work of its founder and her contemporaries, and remains a leader by catalyzing new works with commissions that bring fresh perspectives to dance classics.