Martha Graham Dance Company at The Church, February 8–21, 2021
The Martha Graham Dance Company residency at The Church brought two choreographers and three dancers to stay in the artists’ residency at The Church and to use its main floor as a studio. Their living legacy of innovation and reinvention is a testament to the power of culture to transcend time and place. Due to the pandemic we were not able to welcome an audience in-person, but we used live-streaming for a window into the company’s exciting work. Hundreds of people stopped by to watch during the 5 afternoons we offered livestreaming.
During this residency, the Graham Company made significant progress on a project inspired by a 1952 work by Martha Graham. The piece, Canticle for Innocent Comedians, was hailed in its time as Graham's magical "ode to nature," but was never filmed and is considered lost. Choreographers Sonya Tayeh and Jenn Freeman worked with Graham dancers Lorenzo Pagano, Leslie Andrea Williams and Jacob Larsen to build the foundation for a brand new version of Canticle. The completed new version of Canticle will premiere in late 2021.
In addition, we are offering a scintillating interview between Janet Eilber, the Company's artistic director, and artist and Church founder Eric Fischl. This video is also available on our YouTube channel.
And please enjoy an essay written by Eric on the Body in Dance and Art on our new "Reflections" page.
Enjoy a snippet of a rehearsal in progress
Watch Eilber and Fischl's conversation
AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING!
August 16, 5 pm via Zoom
PRESENT TENSE: WRITING THE PAST TO RIGHT THE FUTURE
A timely panel discussion about current issues that are also important themes in Jeffrey Colvin’s debut novel AFRICAVILLE, including: social justice, police brutality, incarceration, and social protest. The panel includeD author Jeffrey Colvin; Shinnecock writer, actor and performer Andrina Wekontash Smith; Executive Director of Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center Bonnie Michelle Cannon; Community Organizer and Activist Willie Jenkins; and Mental Health Professional J. Allanah Evans. Hosted by The Church's Executive Director Sara Cochran.
Thank you to our extraordinary panel, co-participant organizations and sponsors for this important weekend.
The mission of the Sag Harbor Church (The Church) is to
foster creativity on the East End to honor the living
history of Sag Harbor as a “maker” Village.
The Church will champion new and traditional technologies
through collaboration, education and outreach.
The Church is operated by Edge and Center, Inc, a not-for-profit public charity, EIN # 84-1866415.
Although we have almost completed renovation of the deconsecrated Methodist Church as a creative resource, we hope that fall of 2020 may be a safe date for opening to the general public, depending on the pandemic. Artists-in-residence will be invited as soon as possible, and will be chosen by recommenders rather than by open submission.
See our Plans page for more detailed information.
See our Behind the Scenes page for architectural progress reports from our architect Lee Skolnick.
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SAG HARBOR'S AMAZING HISTORY
Sag Harbor has a long history of hard work, extraordinary creativity, and resilience in adversity. We believe this is the DNA of Sag Harbor.