Mellon Foundation Awards $1 Million to Martha Graham Center

Mellon Foundation Awards $1 Million to Martha Graham Center

The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance has announced a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of efforts to digitize, organize, and expand its archive of materials on Graham's choreography, the New York Times reports.

Among other things, the grant will enable the center to create "toolkits" that can be used to help mount individual dances created by Graham, including the dance legend's choreographic notes, video recordings of rehearsals and performances, musical recordings and scores, stage drawings, costume sketches, drawings and photographs of sets, reviews, and other materials. The toolkits will incorporate the center's recently restored and digitized films and videos, as well as materials that had to be restored after they were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Over the next two years the center will create thirty-five toolkits, which will be used by the Martha Graham Dance Company, other companies, and schools that license them. The materials also will be made available to scholars, critics, and artists interested in Graham.

LaRue Allen, the company's executive director, told  the Times the next set of toolkits would cover about thirty-four dances and the Martha Graham technique. "They are the critical ballets," said Allen. "The ballets that we have information on, and that are important for the company, and that critics and scholars are often interested in."

"Graham Center Gets $1 Million for Dance Archive." New York Times 02/20/2014.