Martha Graham Dance Company Takes Residence at Interlochen

Founded in 1926 by dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, the Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the most celebrated contemporary dance companies in America

Interlochen, Mich. – Members of the Martha Graham Dance Company will serve as artists in residence at Interlochen Arts Academy this February. The Dance Ensemble of the fine arts boarding high school and one of the most celebrated modern dance companies in America will share the same stage on February 23 at Corson Auditorium on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. The evening will include signature works by the Company with a performance Ensemble of the classic Graham masterwork, Diversion of Angels by Arts Academy dancers.

On February 19, Janet Eilber, artistic director of the Martha Graham Company and an Arts Academy alumna, and Aaron Sherber, music director of the Company, will arrive at Interlochen to work with Academy students. The Martha Graham dancers will arrive on February 21.

“The work of Martha Graham is iconic and provides multiple entry points for not only the dancers but all of the artists and students on the Interlochen campus to explore the very nature of art and their own creative process,” said Mark Borchelt, director of the dance program at Interlochen.

The dance program at Interlochen Center for the Arts provides an environment for students to develop both artistic skills and technical proficiency, allowing them to pursue a professional dance career or continue their education at the collegiate level. Students attend daily classes and rehearsals and take part in three fully produced dance productions each year. At least once a year, the dance ensemble performs with the Interlochen Orchestra in a full-length classical ballet.

This winter, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp dance faculty will be conducting auditions across the country. Please visit www.interlochen.org for more information and a full audition schedule. Interlochen Arts Academy attracts exceptionally talented and motivated students from nearly every state and more than 20 other countries to study creative writing, music, dance, visual arts, theatre, motion picture arts and rigorous college-preparatory academics. The Arts Academy is part of the non-profit Interlochen Center for the Arts, which also recently garnered national attention when it was awarded the National Medal of Arts in the fall of 2006.

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