Modern Dance Legend Yuriko Dies at Age 102

Yuriko Kikuchi, who was a force in the Martha Graham constellation from the 1940s into the current century, passed away on March 8. Known simply as Yuriko, she could project innocence, serenity or a mystical quality onstage. Yuriko also starred on Broadway in The King and I and Flower Drum Song, later staging productions of […]

13 Gems From Stuart Hodes’ New Book on Martha Graham

As a U.S. bomber pilot in World War II, Stuart Hodes was thrilled to fly a plane alone, with a clear mission and a sense of danger. After the war, he found the thrill, the mission and the danger while dancing with Martha Graham. His enthralling book, Onstage With Martha Graham, published by University Press […]

How Both Martha Graham and Trisha Brown's Archives Landed at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division

The world’s largest dance archive just keeps growing. Over the summer, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Jerome Robbins Dance Division began welcoming two new collections to its illustrious archive. The legacies of Martha Graham and Trisha Brown will be safely housed at NYPL’s Lincoln Center campus, featuring rarely seen treasure troves […]

Channel Your Inner Martha for the Graham Company's New Instagram Challenge

Do it for the Graham: Get ready to channel your inner Martha for a new Instagram challenge that the Martha Graham Dance Company is launching today. The contest, 19 Poses for the 19th Amendment, is part of The Eve Project, the company’s two-year-long celebration of the centennial of the amendment that gave women the right […]

Are We Too Precious With Classic Dance Works?

Choreographer Natascha Greenwalt loves the music of Swan Lake, but she has a few problems with the ballet itself. “I don’t see this love story,” Greenwalt says. “I see—there isn’t consent.” To her, Siegfried seems predatory, Odette seems far too apologetic, and the Odette/Odile duality reinforces toxic tropes about women who are either dangerously sexy […]

Nureyev on the Big Screen: A New Documentary Hits Theaters Next Month

What’s better than one film about Rudolf Nureyev? Two films about Rudolf Nureyev! We’re excited to share that a feature-length documentary titled Nureyev is slated to make its North American premiere next month. Nureyev will be shown in major U.S. cities starting April 19, giving you just enough time time to brush up on your […]

How I Got the Job: Martha Graham Dance Company

Today, Anne Souder, Xin Ying and Marzia Memoli are all members of the Martha Graham Dance Company, but their journeys there couldn’t have been more different. Each of them shared how they landed a contract with their dream company. Anne Souder, soloist Souder in Graham’s Ekstasis Hibbard Nash, Courtesy MGDC The Graham company had been […]

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