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Xiaochuan Xie in Martha Graham’s The Rite of Spring; Photo by Christopher Jones
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June 1-21 2014


The Martha Graham Dance Company will be in residence at Skidmore College from June 1 – 21, 2014.  The Company will lead an advanced workshop for participants and spend creative time rehearsing while enjoying Skidmore’s state-of-the-art facilities and the surrounding Saratoga Springs area. The Company plans to reclaim Martha Graham’s lost work Voyage (originally conceived and developed in 1952) and reconstruct Graham’s masterwork Letter to the World.

The Martha Graham Dance Company will teach a three-week intensive designed for pre-professional and professional dancers with a special focus on performance techniques. Participants will explore how to make the most powerful and effective choices for the stage -- whether learning a classic character or creating a new character-driven composition. Classes in Graham Technique, Repertory, Composition and Performance will be coordinated so that all will address ways to imbue the physical moves of a dance with decisions that reveal character, motivation and intention. Graham classes will be supplemented by special workshops provided by SITI Company – the professional theater company in residence at Skidmore – and by daily access to the rehearsals and creative processes of the professional dancers of the Graham Company. Though grounded in the Graham theater, the principles offered in this residency will empower participants in any style of dance or theater they choose to pursue.
Miki Orihara in Martha Graham’s Satyric Festival Song; Photo by Hibbard Nash

Unique opportunity: The Graham workshop at Skidmore is designed to complement continued study at the Martha Graham School Summer Intensive, June 23-August 1 at the Graham Studios in New York City.  The Summer Intensive in NYC will offer an accelerated concentration in the Graham Technique through 120 minute classes.  Expanded Graham repertory selections will allow students to continue to apply the elements of performance introduced at the Skidmore.  Students enrolled in the Graham workshop at Skidmore will receive a 50% discount on their tuition for 3 weeks of Technique classes at the Graham Summer Intensive in NYC. For more information on the Summer Intensive in NYC please visit: 

This residency is sponsored, in part, by the Harkness Foundation for Dance and the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program.