Friends & Collaborators
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Musicians

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Musician, composer, multi-talented artist extraordinaire. We've shared dance and music for a long time, he is one of a few extraordinary artists bringing dance/music/ life together. He makes great music, performs like a demon, dances, teaches, and has made music for my classes, solo performances, danz.fest, for Leonid Kozlov, and is key to the creation of La Voz del Cuerpo / The Body Speaks.
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A musician, composer, marathon runner, I first met and worked with at the Ballet Nacional and CENADAC where we became friends. He composed for my choreography, and is magic playing for dance class. He played performances I have done in Mexico, teaches and plays at danz.fest, and is essential to La Voz del Cuerpo / The Body Speaks.
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A musician with many voices, we've worked together since early days at the Graham School. His improvs were sensational for classes at The Neighborhood Playhouse, and he has played for Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey. In July of 2008 I choreographed his music/video project Noor, working with dancers from Cunningham, Graham, Buglisi Dance Theatre and The Neighborhood Playhouse.
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A composer, concert pianist, teacher and travel buff, we toured, played, worked together during an early decade with the Graham Company, he as Martha's conductor and pianist. He played for my solo performances at Harvard concerts.
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Guitarist, composer, teacher, he is a talent, his music a delight. I'm proud he's family, and we threaten to work together one day.

Photographers

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Friend of many years we met in San Diego, and had great fun in the photo studio. His so many beautiful dance images, and the pleasure we had making them are treasures. And what a wonderful bed and breakfast/studio hideaway he has made in his California stomping grounds.
Friend from my early years at the Graham Company, which she chronicled with her photography, keeping so much alive for us, capturing beauty in many parts of the world and in dance.
Frequent Graham Company photographer, among many other subjects. While Artistic Directors, Terese Capucilli and I collaborated with him during the rebirth of the Company to create Acts of Light — a beautiful book of photographs and dancers thoughts.

Dancers, Choreographers, Teachers, and more

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Meeting during the years Graham toured extensively in Italy; she became fan and friend and is a Graham expert - scholar, teacher, choreographer and a doctor. She supported us all over Italy and Europe, studied with me at CENADAC and in New York, She is now bringing up another generation of dancers up in Milan, Italy at Carcano, introducing Graham technique for the first time. Her web site is a marvelous resource. Great to have her teaching at danz.fest, and a blessing to have her translation into Italian for La Voz del Cuerpo
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Las Criadas
Jaime and I have known each other since I began working in Mexico. His intellect, choreography, wide reading and study in theater and dance have inspired me. As directors of dance companies we had much to share, including many a tequila. Wonderful to work with him and an honor to create the solo Uñas y Dientes for him, and to perform in his La Consagración de la Primavera at Harvard. His recent works, Las Criadas and Viajante Corazón de Sol are marvelous theater dance works.
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Jesus Tussi in Las Criadas
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La Consagración de la Primavera
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Jaime Blanc is one of Mexico’s principal choreographers, teachers and most highly regarded dancers. He was principal dancer, associate artistic director and choreographer for the Ballet Nacional de Mexico between 1971 and 2006. He was awarded the national José Limón Prize in 2003. Blanc has created more than 54 works and in 2006 began his own company, Teatro Coreográfico Alternativo. His work has been supported by Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes and by Consejo Indio de Relaciones Culturales for studies in Danza Drama Kathakalai in Kerala - Kalamandalam, India. He is a member of Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte and a frequent jurist for the National Cultural Council. Trained in Mexico and New York at the schools of Graham, Cunningham, Nikolai and Limón, he is currently on the faculty of the Universidad de Monterrey, choreographing, teaching and developing their dance/theater program.
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Safe to say, as one of my two first dance teachers, she bears some responsibility for my continuing in dance. Our dance lives have been connected ever since. Most recently I worked with her at Harvard and she joined us teaching at danz.fest in Italy.
Christine Bratton
A friend and brilliant physical therapist, whose instincts and deep knowledge of the body helped keep me together through many of my years of marathon dancing and teaching.
Dancing for Pearl Lang's company, we met in 1973; Jacquie has been part of my life ever since. Her sense of humor and passion for dance made the Graham Company tours even more of an adventure during the decade we danced together with Martha. She amazes with her uncompromising and beautiful choreography that is the heart and soul of Buglisi Dance Theatre.
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Jacquie, Terese, Christine
three Furies
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Brilliant performer, together on the long strange wonderful trip at Graham; an extraordinary partnership of wildly different personalities, great trust and great fun dancing, traveling. Then as artistic directors bringing the company back to life. On and offstage family; with Bill’s humour and talents, and, on tour, Thompson making us all a bit more human. With Jacqulyn and Donlin we created Buglisi Foreman Dance, now Buglisi Dance Theatre.
I've been a fan since I saw him beginning a solo career in a basement performance space and with Ralph Lemon's company. Great to perform with his Quartet in his Solos Project at Dance Theater Workshop. Inviting him to teach with me at CENADAC, dancers were amazed to discover how seamlessly his work and mine ran through their bodies. His company seasons at BAM have been marvelous.
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One of my students in the early years at CENADAC , the Ballet Nacional. His work flourished in NY as he developed a choreographic voice and his company Compañía Ciudad Interior based in Querétaro Mexico, tours internationally with a dynamic repertory. He has won top awards from Mexico's National Award Miguel Covarrubias INBA - UAM and the VII International Contest of Choreography Burgos - New York 2008. I've been glad to assist him and to perform with his company in Querétaro with his Proyecto Lamentación- Todos al Teatro; at the Teatro Juárez in Guanajuato, Mexico celebrating the dance traditions we share, in the interlocking traditions of Martha Graham and Guillermina Bravo.
Her work has inspired and entertained me for years. What a pleasure to have been part of creating Ann the Word — dancing, singing, acting with her marvelous cast in the Lincoln Center Productions workshop of this work about the founder of the Shakers. Terese and I were honored she choreographed a work for the Graham Company's 2005 NY Season: Sueño was a powerful dance/theater statement and a marvelous creative experience for the dancers. I loved my cameo role.
Brilliant designer of this website, also my brother, medieval historian, computer programmer, and musician.
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A partnership onstage that was profound, always creative, sometimes combative and showed audiences the intimacy and power of female/male relationships in Martha's dances. Donlin brought depth to the male roles and new complexity to the repertory. Jacquie and Donlin, with Terese and me, created Buglisi Foreman Dance.
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A fellow Radcliffe Fellow, what a pleasure to spend time talking dance and Mexico, discovering our dance roots in common. Her knowledge of Mexican and Latin American politics and culture is phenomenal. An honor to have her as guest lecturer for my Harvard course Rite of Spring; the nexus of art and ritual.
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A Juilliard student who shone and became principal dancer with Buglisi Dance Theatre, now includes Alexander teaching among her talents. She has graciously performed and taught for Kozlov International Youth Dance Festival in New Jersey and in Aruba.
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Leonid is an old friend whose talent and artistic vision I love, and whom I am glad to have introduced to the beauty of Martha Graham's work. Star of the Bolshoi and of Balanchine's New York City Ballet, Leonid has an extraordinary talent for teaching kids, and has turned his vast professional experience at the Bolshoi and at the New York City Ballet into an incomparable resource and inspiration for his students. In 2005 he founded the Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey for which I am judge and master teacher. Leonid's relationship with the dance community in Aruba began with productions of his Nutcracker and Firebird with students from New Jersey and Aruba, then expanded to include summer festivals with guest dancers and musicians teaching and performing. In 2010, Leonid celebrated 30 years of a dancing life in the United States since his defection from Russia.
A lifesaver to have found as doctor; deeply caring, skilled, and a delight to have as friend.
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A dancer I first met at CENADAC, who had something special from the beginning: natural power and poetry. With a Coca Cola Scholarship, and support to study at Graham, she went on to study and work widely in New York. Now back in Mexico she has created Invernadero Danza for the Oaxacan dance community. This impressive project brings internationally known guest teachers for classes and performances to one of the most exciting art/dance communities in Mexico, creating a resource and creative opportunity for dancers and musicians.
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Dancer, designer, costumer, great friend. We met in in his hometown Guanajuato in 1981 on my first trip to Mexico to teach. Sergio, besides being a wonderful dancer, has flair, humor, energy, a great humanity, and a long and wide vision of dance and life; designing and building his own studio/theater in Guanajuato, and overseeing his family's rancho and agave plants. He has been part of building the Mexican dance community, performing with Guillermina Bravo's Ballet Nacional, teaching at CENADAC, and all over Mexico. He choreographs, teaches, has showed me his country, entranced me with his way with the Spanish language, and constructed all of the costumes for my choreography, and for the film/DVD La Voz del Cuerpo / The Body Speaks in which he performs.
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in Robert Battle's Inside
One of my first Juilliard students, brilliant on stage with Battleworks and the Ailey Company, he's wowing audiences. He has generously performed for Kozlov International Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey. Great to have his talent and humor filming La Voz del Cuerpo / The Body Speaks, with us in Mexico.
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As one of my Juilliard students I knew she would be brilliant for Martha Graham's work, I hired her, and she was; as well as wonderful to work with. She has since widened her horizons bringing her dance and teaching talent, generosity to other corners of the world. Her brilliance in the film/DVD project, La Voz del Cuerpo / The Body Speaks, is stunning, and we had a marvelous time during the filming.
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Fellow Fellow at The Radcliffe Institute, she is a marvel of creative thinking, curiosity, passion and a brilliant scientist. Unable to stop talking, thinking, eating and doing during the Radcliffe year, we organized the symposium "Locomotion/Emotion; perception of complex movement and the dynamics of beauty" which now continues as the Dancing Leaf Group.
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A renaissance man of wide vision, many talents and big heart whose friendship I treasure. His choreography, sculpture, teaching and design are on a grand scale and filled with brilliant detail. His invitation brought me to Colima in 1998 where he is the director of Dance at IUBA (Instituto Universitario de Bellas Artes) at the University of Colima. and the Ballet Folkloric which is internationally recognized for its authenticity, innovation, and the quality of its dancers and musicians.
My better half, a brilliant polymath – carpenter, stage technician, technical director of dance companies, film editor. 'Mi vida'.