Lloyd Knight

Join us for a glass of wine, great conversation and an up-close look at some the greatest dances and dancers in the world.

The Martha Graham Dance Company’s popular Studio Series offers audiences a behind-the-scenes look at the work of the Company in the intimate setting of the Martha Graham Studio Theater. The series is integral to The EVE Project, the Company’s ongoing celebration of powerful women in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.

On the slate this season are two GrahamDeconstructed programs featuring Steps in the Street and Circe, and two NEW@Graham programs—one with Troy Schumacher and another with Andrea Miller—providing a look inside the creative process of new works for the Company. The Studio Series also includes a Cunningham and Graham event with technique demonstrations, a special Graham 2 holiday event, and the fourth annual NEXT@Graham festival, which showcases the work of the next generation of choreographers.

Single tickets for Studio Series events start at $25/$15 for students.

The Owl and the Pussycat

with Graham 2

December 7 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm

Graham 2 Holiday Event: The Owl and the Pussycat
The Company’s acclaimed junior troupe will perform Graham’s rarely seen The Owl and the Pussycat. Premiering in 1978, The Owl and the Pussycat is Graham’s magical take on the classic poem by Edward Lear. The event will feature a full performance of the work including costumes and lighting, and pieces from the set by Ming Cho Lee. At the family matinee there will be a chance, for the younger set, to try some of the moves from the dance and be photographed with the dancers.

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CunningGraham

Technique Demonstration

February 4 – 5 at 7:00pm

CunningGraham Technique Comparison
featuring Graham 2 and Cunningham Workshop participants
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.

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GrahamDeconstructed

Noguchi/Graham

February 25 – 26 at 7:00pm

GrahamDeconstructed: Noguchi/Graham and Circe
A look at the newly reconstructed Circe, Graham’s 1963 celebration of the goddess who turned sailors into animals. Circe has not been onstage in over fifteen years and features a magical set by Isamu Noguchi. Audience members will learn about the backstory of the work from Artistic Director Janet Eilber and will have a chance to photograph the Noguchi sets.

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NEW@Graham

with Andrea Miller

March 24 – 25 at 7:00pm

NEW@Graham with Andrea Miller
A work-in-progress showing of Andrea Miller’s new work for the Company. A discussion with Miller and the dancers to follow. The work will have its world premiere at New York City Center in April 2020.

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NEXT@Graham

May 12 – 13 at 7:00pm

NEXT@Graham
The fourth annual festival of works by emerging choreographers selected through a competitive application process. Curated by Amanda Hameline with Janet Eilber.

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PAST STUDIO SERIES PERFORMANCES

NEW@Graham

with Troy Schumacher

November 5 – 6 at 7:00pm

NEW@Graham with Troy Schumacher
Learn about the creative process behind this brand new work commissioned by PEAK Performances @ Montclair State University, and enjoy a sneak peek of short excerpts just one week before its world premiere. Choreographer Troy Schumacher and Peak Performances’ Executive Director, Jed Wheeler, will discuss the evolution of the collaboration, which includes a new score by composer Augusta Read Thomas.

GrahamDeconstructed

Steps in the Street with SoHyun Bae

September 24 – 25 at 7:00pm

GrahamDeconstructed: Steps in the Street with SoHyun Bae
The Studio Series opens with Graham’s 1936 work Steps in the Street. This stark, powerful dance for 10 women is a prime example of Graham’s radical modernism. Artist SoHyun Bae will create charcoal sketches of the Graham moves, which will be projected so that the audience can experience the collaboration as it happens.