Magazine article Dance Magazine

Graham Center Folds, Dancers Cancel

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Graham Center Folds, Dancers Cancel

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CITING A $500,000 financial deficit and beset by top-level turmoil, the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance--which includes the Graham dance troupe and school--suspended operations in late May. Francis Mason, acting chair of the center's board, said he hoped the suspension would be temporary. But the crisis deepened a few days later, when the company's dancers voted to cancel a June engagement at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina, since they would have appeared as a pickup company rather than as the Martha Graham Dance Company.

"It was a difficult decision," said company member Elizabeth Auclair. "We all want to dance. Everyone is devastated by the suspension." Associate artistic directors Terese Capucilli and Christine Dakin issued a statement that read, "It is as though Martha herself has died once again."

The center's board is at odds with Ron Protas, Graham's longtime confidant and associate, who became her heir upon Graham's death in 1991 and who heads the Martha Graham Trust (which owns the rights to Graham's dances). The board voted in March to remove Protas as artistic director after Protas refused to hand over the reins of artistic director as planned (see Presstime News, June 2000).

"The board tried everything," Janet Eilber, artistic director designate, said. "They negotiated for two years on the licensing agreement, and tried to help him take a step back in every way they could." Eilber said she is frustrated by the stalemate. …

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