Created by Richard Move in collaboration with co-producer Janet Stapleton, the Martha @ ... series of performances had humble beginnings in the fall of 1996 in a cabaret space called Mother, in Manhattan’s notorious and fashionable Meat Packing District. The event is designed to pay special tribute to the legendary Grande Dame of the Dance, Martha Graham. This entirely unique performance became an immediate success, has been presented at major venues domestically, prestigious international festivals and featured on award winning television programs on PBS (Emmy Award), BBC and La Sept/France. Martha @ ... sold out New York’s 1,500 seat Town Hall, tours globally, and has been presented in alternative performance venues, as well as renowned theaters such as London’s Sadlers Wells, The Kennedy Center and grand Opera houses of Italy and Monaco.

Martha @ … commenced with “Cease and Desist” orders and threatened lawsuits from the Estate of the Martha Graham “Entities.” In 2006, however, Move performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company on the occasion of its 80th Anniversary at NYC’s Skirball Center. This event featured Move as Graham, performing both monologues and partnering the renowned dancer Desmond Richardson, in a reconstructed duet from Graham’s 1965 “Part Real - Part Dream.”

In 2007, Move was commissioned to create a new work for the Martha Graham Dance Company, “Lamentation Variations,” which premiered at NYC’s Joyce Theater on Sept 11, 2007. It has since been performed internationally as part of the Company’s touring repertory and its NYC seasons. “Move’s work, danced by Katherine Crockett, is otherworldly in its simple depiction of grief… Move understands the beauty in strength, and in this glimmer of an artist reacting to two potent muses — Ms. Crockett and Graham — he produces a work of blistering authenticity.” Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

In 2013, the Martha Graham Dance Company premiered Move’s evening –length work,  The Show (Achilles Heels), at New York's Joyce Theater. The Financial Times review headline read, "Graham's 'Phaedra' was impressive for its storytelling, but it was another choreographer’s work that stole the show,” and proclaimed Move's work an "...hour long tour de set on the Graham company, where it deserves a long life." The New York Post review called Move's "...aesthetic universal, and he does it so well that it can give you chills." The New York Post also named Lloyd Mayor "3 Young Men in Ballet to Watch" for "Achilles, the gender-bending role Baryshnikov originated in "The Show."

A two time winner of the New York Dance and Performance Award (a.k.a. "Bessie"), this critically acclaimed event was established as an alternative dance and theater series and quickly developed into a cultural phenomenon, attracting celebrated names in dance, theater, music, film and media to both its audience and stage. Martha @ has featured collaborative, world premiere works created especially for the event, and presented both emerging artists and some of the most influential and prominent figures of dance including: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mathew Bourne, DANCENOISE, Ballet Frankfurt, Deborah Bull, Merce Cunningham, Nacho Duato, Molissa Fenley, Francesca Harper, Stuart Hodes, John Kelly, Robert LaFosse, Murray Louis, Lar Lubovitch, Wayne McGregor, Isaac Mizrahi, Meredith Monk, Mark Morris, Julie Atlas Muz, Tere O’Connor, Maria Pages, Stephen Petronio, Yvonne Rainer, The Royal Ballet, Gus Solomons Jr., Paul Taylor and Basil Twist, among countless others.

Richard Move has won accolades and admirers worldwide with his highly developed, entertaining and academically researched portrayal of the mother of Contemporary Dance. Although the performance is in no way connected with the ‘Martha Graham Entities’, former Graham company members, from the early years to the present, are some of Richard Move’s collaborators and most ardent supporters. In all of its touring formats - described below - Move as ‘La Graham’, presides over and hosts the evening, by presenting loving and often satiric re-stagings and distillations of Graham's epic ballets and delivering monologues that are witty, poetic and educational.

Both the monologues and dances illuminate Graham’s unparalleled career, body of work and groundbreaking contribution to 20th Century Art and thought, all while revealing what Graham called the ‘interior landscape’ of the artist’s creative process. All of the material has been developed through extensive study, research and Move’s keen eye for detail.

Martha @ ... One Person Show

The quintessential Diva, Martha tours both singly-often as a Gala/Special event host and MC- as well as in a full evening one person show. Presenters of this program have included the PICA Festival in Portland, Oregon, Coe College in Des Moines, Iowa and numerous Gala evenings internationally.

Martha @ ... Two-Person Show

In addition, the ‘Two Person’ Martha @ ... a favorite of many presenters and audiences alike, includes one of Move’s leading women - all of whom are present or former members of the Martha Graham Dance Company. The Two-person show has been a tremendous success from Santa Barbara to Berlin and from Paris to Boston.

Martha @ ... Full Company

Martha’s full ‘company’ may be comprised of two to five dancers. Often Move has worked with as many as fifteen dancers as “Martha’s Company", particularly for New York City performances including Martha @ Town Hall and Martha @ The Jane Street Theater.

Martha @ ... Variety Show

In addition, Martha is available in the popular variety show format, similar to New York's extraordinarily popular Martha @ Mother series, in which Martha's monologues and dances serve to connect together an evening featuring local guest artists, who perform their own short works. As a choreographic showcase, the event is committed to presenting both emerging and established artists, as well as historical reconstructions and ethnic dance styles. Martha's distinguished guests have included Mikhail Baryshnikov, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Murray Louis, Meredith Monk, Mathew Bourne, Maria Pages, Nacho Duato, Yvonne Rainer and members of London’s Royal Ballet, to name but a few. This variety show format - a nod to Graham’s early vaudeville success in the Greenwich Village Follies - brings the local community’s artists and audiences to the performances and becomes a highly successful theatrical event, exciting the entire community. This format may feature ‘Martha’ singly, with one leading female dancer, or ‘Martha’s’ full company of dancers.

Martha @ ... Additional Performance Opportunity

In addition, high level advanced and pre -professional dancers, skilled in the Graham technique, may augment ‘Martha’s Company’ in one (or more) of the Graham based works that comprise the Martha @ ... performances. Students from the Laban Center in London, joined Move as ‘Martha’s Company’ to great acclaim in London’s Martha@ The DanceUmbrella Festival. And, most recently, a similar scenario was wonderfully successful in Israel, where the most gifted pupils of the Jerusalem Academy performed along side Move’s Company in Martha @ The Suzanne Dellal Center.

Martha @ ... Charles Atlas Video

Each event also features a provocative video work by renowned filmmaker and pioneering dance videographer Charles Atlas. This pre-show video is comprised of excerpts culled from the full spectrum of dance styles, interspersed with clips from film and television, which use the name ‘Martha’. This brilliantly edited and often hilarious video collage is shown pre- performance, as the audience enters the theater. Atlas received a Bessie award for his Martha @ ... video works.

Ghostlight Screenings

Often in conjunction with live ‘Martha @ ...’ performances, the film Ghostlight - a feature inspired by the life and work of Martha Graham, is available for special screenings, through an arrangement with the film’s distributor, Palisades Pictures. These screenings have been especially popular in conjunction with live Martha @ ... performances. Move is present at these screenings to both introduce the film and lead a post screening Q&A addressing not only the content of the film, but the experience of an independent filmmaker, from initial concept through the film festival circuit and on to distribution. Ghostlight Screenings have been successful in locations as diverse as San Diego (presented by the La Jolla Music Society), to the Monaco Dance Forum and the Coe College Film Series in Des Moines, Iowa. Move’s performance in Ghostlight has been described as “a performance for the Ages” - New York, “Glorious’- The New York Times and “Magnificent. Graham herself could not have done better.” - The Daily News

Martha @ ... was featured on the PBS Television program City Arts - The Best of Dance and received a 2000 Emmy Award for "Fine Outstanding Arts Program", the BBC World News Program Arts Express and the BBC Documentary Bourne to Dance. Martha @ ... has toured extensively both domestically and internationally, appearing in a variety of venues, from intimate black box theaters to Opera House stages. Touring dates have included: The Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Pittsburgh, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Portland, Oregon, Santa Barbara, Des Moines and Grinnell, Iowa, Boulder, Co., Festival RomaEuropa/Italy, Tanzfest/Berlin, SpringDance/ Holland, Holland Dance Festival, Salzburg Festival/Austria, Frankfurt, Germany, DanceUmbrella/London, Festival De Otono/Madrid, Monaco Dance Forum, Tel Aviv and on tour in the UK and Italy (where Martha performs her monologues in Italian!)


This is in no way connected to or sponsored by
the Martha Graham Entities.