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The Martha Graham Dance Company is collaborating with internationally acclaimed choreographer Nacho Duato to create a major new work.


WE DID IT! Thank you to all our Backers and fans! New Work by Nacho Duato will premiere at New York City Center on March 20th.  

Who are we? What are we doing?

The Martha Graham Dance Company actively searches for bold contemporary art that resonates with our core collection of 20th-century Graham masterpieces. Last season, international star choreographer Nacho Duato created a powerful new piece for 5 men in our company. The dance, Rust, has received an incredible reception from critics and audiences alike. Even more exciting, inspired by the power of both our dancers and the Graham aesthetic, Nacho Duato asked to work with us again.

Though he is in high, high demand, Nacho Duato is coming to New York City for 4 weeks in February to cast, rehearse and develop this new piece with us. New Work by Nacho Duato will have its world premiere at New York City Center in March 2014 and then tour nationally and internationally. This is a thrilling (but expensive) undertaking.

Rust, photo by Sinru Ku
Rust, photo by Sinru Ku

The process of bringing Rust to life in the studio last season was exhilarating – thought provoking, funny, profound and, of course, highly physical.

As we begin this second creative journey, we want you be a part of it -- the anxiety, the triumphs and the joy of creation. Your investment in us will give you access to the risk-taking process that makes new art so riveting. 

 “We had anticipated seeing the Graham Company as an evening of nostalgic, benign modernism. Not really. This program shook our very core and shattered the complacency of heart and soul. It was the essence and power of art.” – Audience review of 2013 Jacob’s Pillow performance

Why Kickstarter? 

Through this Kickstarter campaign we want to offer you an opportunity to invest and participate in all that we do before we get on stage. We are constantly experimenting with ways to connect with you and expand our audience. Although we are the oldest modern dance company in the world, we lead the field in creating new forms of audience access. We have opened our doors and invited audiences of any age, on any budget, to experience our work. 

During Nacho Duato's residency there will be works in process studio showings, open rehearsals and conversations with the artists available to our Kickstarter supporters. Backers of $20 or more around the world will receive a link to watch a live streaming video of rehearsal with Nacho Duato. Take a look at the other rewards; each one is designed to provide you access to the Martha Graham studio. And to get this all started, If you back us in the first week, we'll invite you to a Martha Graham KICKSTARTUS happy hour and showing with the dancers. 

Where does the money go? 

This Kickstarter goal represents only a fraction of what it costs to bring a new work of art to life. So, we need your help! Here is what your investment will support:

  • Commissioning fees
  • Artist salaries
  • Rehearsal costs
  • Music
  • Costumes
  • Lighting and set design
  • Documenting the creative process 
  • Marketing
  • Guest artist travel and housing  
Chronicle, photo by Michele Ballantini
Chronicle, photo by Michele Ballantini

 Estimated Schedule 

November 27 Kickstarter Project ends.

December All backers are thanked on Facebook. First rewards delivered. 

February 10 Nacho Duato arrives in the Martha Graham Studio Theater! 

February - March Nacho Duato casts, creates, and sculpts his new work. Backers receive updates on the process from the Artistic Director. 

Late February Live streamed final rehearsal.

Early March Preview showing of Nacho Duato's new work.

March 9-10 JUST ANNOUNCED: Guggenheim Works & Process.

March  12-15 Technical rehearsals for lighting, set and costume design at SUNY Purchase. 

March 20  WORLD PREMIERE at New York City Center. 

The Team

Nacho Duato is one of the most well respected contemporary ballet choreographers today. After dancing and then choreographing for Netherlands Dans Theater he became the Artistic Director of Compañía Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain from 1990-2010. He transformed this company into one of the most successful touring ensembles in the world and in 2011 became the Artistic Director of Mikhailovsky Ballet. In 2014 he will become the Artistic Director of Staatsballett Berlin (Berlin Ballet), and stay with Mikhailovsky as a choreographer in residence.

Janet Eilber has been the Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company since 2005. Her direction has focused on creating new forms of audience access to the Graham masterworks including a growing number of commissions from today's top choreographers. During her years as a Principal Dancer, Ms. Eilber had roles created for her by Martha Graham and performed most of the major roles of the repertory.

The Dancers

Principals: Tadej Brdnik // Katherine Crockett // Maurizio Nardi // Miki Orihara // Blakeley White-McGuire 

PeiJu Chien Pott // Lloyd Knight // Mariya Dashkina Maddux // Ben Schultz // Xiaochuan Xie 

Natasha Diamond-Walker // Iris Florentiny // Abdiel Jacobsen // Lauren Newman // Oliver Tobin 

New Dancers:
Lloyd Mayor // Ying Xin 

Tamisha Guy // Charlotte Landreau // Gildas Lemonnier // Lorenzo Pagano // Lucy Postell

Our Founder: Dancer and choreographer Martha Graham is recognized as a great artistic force of the 20th century whose revolutionary vision and artistic mastery has had deep and lasting impact on art and culture. Her bold use of socially infused subjects and emotionally charged performances established modern dance as a uniquely American art form, which the nation has in turn shared with the world. 

“Our work is to keep this treasure trove of great 20th-century art vibrant, relevant and engaging. By commissioning new art and experimenting with new forms of presentation, we’ve discovered that the Graham legacy is a powerful springboard.” – Janet Eilber, Artistic Director

Video Credits

Voice Over: Janet Eilber, Artistic Director
Dancers, in order of appearance: Tadej Brdnik, Katherine Crockett, Xiaochuan Xie, Mariya Dashkina Maddux, Lloyd Mayor, Miki Orihara, Maurizio Nardi, Lloyd Knight
Filmed by: Kaliya Warren
Edited by: Graham Flanagan 

Project Photo: Hibbard Nash Photography 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Making art is always a risk. But as an organization founded on a legacy of innovation, this is a part of why we exist. With our fantastic artist/athlete dancers and a renowned artist like Nacho Duato, we think our chances of creating an instant classic are high!

Of course, the way Kickstarter works, if we don’t meet our goal, we don’t get any of the money at all. So, if you join us as a Backer, please spread the word to ensure that we all succeed!


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