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The Martha Graham Dance Company

 

The Martha Graham Dance Company, The Next 90

347 people pledged $32,835 to support this project on Kickstarter.

Lloyd Knight (top) and other dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company in Martha Graham’s “Night Journey,” 2016. Photo by Brigid Pierce. Courtesy of Martha Graham Dance Company.

Lloyd Knight (top) and other dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company in Martha Graham’s “Night Journey,” 2016. Photo by Brigid Pierce. Courtesy of Martha Graham Dance Company.

 

Considered one of the greatest creative innovators of the twentieth century, choreographer Martha Graham founded a company in 1926 that would reshape the trajectory of modern dance for generations to come. For their 90th anniversary season, the Martha Graham Dance Company used Kickstarter to re-stage classic choreographies that hadn’t been seen in years, and to commission new works by some of today’s most influential choreographers. In exchange for their support, Kickstarter backers were invited to engage with the Company behind the scenes. They attended rehearsals, took classes on technique, delved into the Graham archives, and explored her decades-long collaboration with sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who created stage designs to complement many of Graham’s cutting-edge dances. 

 
Martha Graham Dance Company in Pontus Lidberg’s “Woodland.” Photo by Brigid Pierce. Courtesy of Martha Graham Dance Company.

Martha Graham Dance Company in Pontus Lidberg’s “Woodland.” Photo by Brigid Pierce. Courtesy of Martha Graham Dance Company.

Leslie Andrea Williams (left), Abdiel Jacobson, and Anne O’Donnell in Martha Graham’s “Cave of the Heart,” 2016. Photo by Brigid Pierce. Courtesy of Martha Graham Dance Company.

Leslie Andrea Williams (left), Abdiel Jacobson, and Anne O’Donnell in Martha Graham’s “Cave of the Heart,” 2016. Photo by Brigid Pierce. Courtesy of Martha Graham Dance Company.

Martha Graham Dance Company in Marie Chouinard’s “Inner Resources.” Photo by Brigid Pierce. Courtesy of Martha Graham Dance Company.

Martha Graham Dance Company in Marie Chouinard’s “Inner Resources.” Photo by Brigid Pierce. Courtesy of Martha Graham Dance Company.