July 31-August 5, 2017

1 week, Mon-Sat
For Intermediate/Advanced dancers, ages 12-adult.

Learn from Master Teacher and former Principal Dancer of Martha Graham Dance Company Miki Orihara; and Master Teacher, Choreographer and former Martha Graham Company Dancer Sandra Kaufmann. Students will have an in depth study of Graham Technique and Repertory. Ms Orihara will create a choreographic lab to experiment with new work on the dancers. There will be an informal showing at the end of the week with Ms Kaufmann, Ms Orihara, Kanopy Dance Company, Kanopy Company 2, and workshop students.


Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) is recognized as a primal artistic force of the 20th century. She was named “Dancer of the Century” by Time and has been compared with other creative giants such as Picasso, Einstein, Stravinsky and Freud. She created 181 ballets and a technique that revolutionized dance throughout the greater part of the past century. Using the founding principals of Contraction and release, she built a vocabulary of movement to “increase the emotional activity of the dancer’s body,” exploring the depth and diversity of human emotion. A wide range of sources from the American frontier to Greek Mythology inspired her ballets. She created and portrayed prominent women, including Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Medea, Phaedra, Joan of Arc and Emily Dickenson. During her 70 years of creating dance she collaborated with other great artists – Noguchi, Copland, Barber, and Schuman, and her mentor Louis Horst among others, and is recognized for her groundbreaking work in all aspects of the theater – use of time, space, lighting, costumes, sets and music. Her company was a training ground for many generations of choreographers including Cunningham, Taylor and Tharp. At the Neighborhood Playhouse, she is said to have changed the course of American acting through students such as Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Tony Randall and Orson Wells. Her creative genius earned numerous honors and awards, including the Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts. Martha Graham’s extraordinary legacy lives on in the work of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ensemble and School, and in the students worldwide studying her technique and performing her masterworks.


Miki Orihara is best known for her 25-year career as Principal Dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, for which she earned a Bessie Award in 2010. She has performed on Broadway in “The King and I,” and with Elisa Monte, SITI Company, PierGroupDance, Lotuslotus and in productions by Twyla Tharp, and Robert Wilson. Ms Orihara has presented her choreography in New York and Tokyo most recently in her solo concert, “Resonance” at LaMaMa, New York City. She is a sought after teacher and coach working with the Kirov Ballet, Japan’s New National Theater Ballet School, the Ailey School, New York University, The Hartt School, and L’ete de la Danse (Paris). She is Dance Director for Mishmash*Miki Orihara and Dancing for JAPAN (2014). She continues to explore and bring to life a vast range of Modern and Contemporary dance in her ongoing series, “Resonance,” which presented its second episode in October 2015 in New York City.  Ms Orihara is a regisseur, an artist who ensures the authenticity of Graham’s masterworks. She has worked with Kanopy to perfect the selections of Martha Graham’s beloved “Appalachian Spring,” and “Heretic”.

Sandra Kaufmann, Dancer and Choreographer is the founding director of the dance program at Loyola University. Sandra danced in NYC for the Martha Graham Dance Company and served as Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Ensemble. She has also performed for many years with Pearl Lang and Richard Move. As a choreographer, Ms. Kaufmann has created works for concert dance, musical theatre productions, opera, video and site specific works. She has been honored with awards from Dance Magazine Foundation,Tidmarsh Arts Foundation, The American College Dance Festival, Bossak/Heilbrun Foundation and Sloan Science & Dance Technology Commission. Sandra has created many works based on visual artworks as well as science. With Michael Bassett and Brian Green, Sandra was the keynote speaker for Art/Science International’s Annual Conference at the Museum of Natural History in New York in 2001. Sandra’s latest work, Blue Window, is an adaption for the stage of Chagall’s stained glass masterpiece. Ms. Kaufmann graduated summa cum laude from the College of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, where she gave the commencement address for both colleges. Sandra received talented student scholarships from Northern Illinois University and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and serves on the board of the Doris Humphrey Society. Ms. Kaufmann currently works as an independent choreographer and a regisseur who restages the works of Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey; and, a dancer with MOMENTA Dance Company. Sandra has served on the faculty of Barnard College, New York University and The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. In Chicago she has taught at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, University of Chicago, The Academy of Movement and Music and Loyola University Chicago.

Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance keeps vital and builds upon the unique work of Martha Graham, the principal originator of American modern dance. The Martha Graham Dance Company, founded by Martha Graham in 1929, is the first and most celebrated modern dance company in the world and features an international roster of the most talented modern dancers in the world today. Students come from around the world to study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, THE school primarily focused upon teaching the Martha Graham technique and Repertory. The course structure culminates in the professional training of dancers. Select dancers become members of Graham 2 and perform at public schools, colleges and other venues. The Martha Graham Resources shares the works of Martha Graham with other arts organizations and performers and preserves and makes available to the public the assets of one of the world’s most extensive collections of dance history: sets, costumes, audio and video recordings, photographs and correspondence. For more information, go to marthagrahamdance.org. Phone 212.229-9200. Email: info@marthagrahamdance.org.


Do you need a place to stay? University Campus housing is available and within walking distance to Kanopy Studio. Go to: www.visitmadison.com or http://campusareahousing.wisc.edu/ Questions: info@kanopydance.org or 608.255.2211

closed Aug 2017