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ART IS LIFE RESCUED FROM TIME

James Salter (1925-2015)

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.

VIDEOS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

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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.

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Enjoy a snippet of a rehearsal in progress

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Watch Eilber and Fischl's conversation

ART AS ECOSYSTEM III: 

BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH ARTIST-LED TRANSFORMATIVE SPACES

with Eric Fischl, Stephen Petronio, and Emily Simoness

moderated by Mary Jane Marcasiano

co-hosted by The Church and Guild Hall

Presented on January 24, 2021

Read more  Available for viewing on our Youtube channel!

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.

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Thank you to our extraordinary panel, co-participant organizations and sponsors for this important weekend.

The Church mission and progress

Mission

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.

Progress

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.

 

Check back for updates and sign up for our email list.

 

SUPPORT THE CHURCH

We are pleased to announce that we have received our tax-exempt status from the IRS and may receive tax-deductible contributions as a public charity. Our official name is Edge and Center, Inc, doing business as The Church, and our EIN # is 84-1866415.

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.

See a full list of artist Eric Fischl's window portraits here.

Sag Harbor Cinema
Anita Miles Anderson at the Atheneum
An iconic photo of the Church
Old Methodist Church
Ephraim Byram and his Orrery
Alvin Silver Company on Main St
Lunar Landing Module
The Oakland Works
Cappy Amundson Whaling Painting
 
 

Join us on this adventure!

 
 

CONTACT US

ADDRESS: PO BOX 1905  SAG HARBOR, NY  11963

TEL: 310-498-1490  |  SCOCHRAN@SAGHARBORCHURCH.ORG

© 2020 BY THE CHURCH, SAG HARBOR.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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The Oakland Works

The Oakland Works operated in the mid-1800s. Its owner, Ephraim Byram, was Long Island's first and only known tower clockmaker and constructed a clock for the Methodist Church's steeple which has since been lost.

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