Martha Graham

Summer '20 Intensive


Jun 21 – Jun 28, 2020

The design The Intensive is specifically designed for students and young professionals who are unable to attend the Martha Graham School in New York City and wish to progress rapidly in the Graham vocabulary.

The Intensive will conclude with a studio showing on June 27, highlighting student achievements in their Repertory and Composition classes.
All classes will be taught by faculty who are current or former members of the Martha Graham Dance Company and who trained at the Martha Graham School with Graham’s first-generation acolytes.

The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc. will reward TWO participants of the Graham Intensive at Orsolina28 with a 3-week scholarship* to attend a future Summer Intensive or Winter Intensive at the Martha Graham School in New York City.

*scholarship will cover tuition for Martha Graham Technique®.

Martha Graham

Martha Graham (1894–1991) is recognized as a primal artistic force of the 20th century, alongside Picasso, James Joyce, Stravinsky, and Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1998, TIME magazine named Martha Graham “Dancer of the Century,” and People magazine named her among the female “Icons of the Century.” As a choreographer, she was as prolific as she was complex. She created 181 ballets and a dance technique that has been compared to ballet in its scope and magnitude. Her approach to dance and theater revolutionized the art form and her innovative physical vocabulary has irrevocably influenced dance worldwide.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.

Martha Graham

07:30-08:45 BREAKFAST
10:00-11:30 BALLET
01:30-03:00 LUNCH
03:00-04:40 REPERTORY
04:55-06:25 COMPOSITION
07:45-09:30 DINNER


  • Oliver Tobin

    Program Director

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    Oliver Tobin is a former dancer with Graham 2 and the Martha Graham Dance Company where he performed leading roles in Graham’s repertoire for over ten years. His off-Broadway credits as an actor include The Kentucky Cycle, Nirvanov, The Lesser Magoo, and Tallahassee. As a Regisseur of the Graham repertoire, Mr. Tobin has restaged and directed Graham’s Diversion of Angels, Celebration, Episodes, Panorama, and Maple Leaf Rag. In 2019, he reimagined and choreographed Martha Graham’s 1938 American Document, which received its world premiere in Los Angeles.

    As a teaching artist, he has helped to create and teach dance programs for NYC-area performing arts high schools, Kaatsbaan, the Stapleton School, and the Martha Graham School. As a dancer and cultural ambassador with Battery Dance Company, Mr. Tobin had the opportunity to lead choreography workshops throughout Germany and Africa. Mr. Tobin is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy, The Sivananda Yoga Institute, and Empire State College, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and theater.

    He currently serves on faculty at the Martha Graham School and Adelphi University. In 2016, Mr. Tobin was named Director of Martha Graham Resources where he oversees both the Graham archives and the licensing of Graham works. Mr. Tobin began his tenure as a teacher in Teens@Graham in 2005 and was named Director of Teens@Graham in 2019.

  • Kim Jones

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    Kim Jones is the Artistic Director of Movement Migration, a modern dance company based in Charlotte, North Carolina and New York City. Additionally, she is an Associate Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte and a Regisseur for Martha Graham Resources. Ms. Jones danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and served as a principal dancer in the US National Tour of The King and I. Ms. Jones is well known for her work with historic modern dances.

    Most recently, choreographer Paul Taylor offered Tracer (1962), a collaboration with the artist Robert Rauschenberg (set and costumes), as the subject of a scholarly reconstruction by Ms. Jones. She recreated the work using her research and dance expertise on Taylor 2 Dance Company members, thanks to funding from the NEA Art Works grant. Tracer has been performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. In 2013, Ms. Jones reconstructed Martha Graham’s Imperial Gesture from 1935, which is now in the repertory of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Both reconstructed works were featured in the Sunday edition of The New York Times.

    As a Regisseur, she has restaged Graham’s Primitive Mysteries, Panorama, and Steps in the Street, with funding from the NEA American Masterpieces grant. In 2018/2019 served as Resident Director at Kingston University. Ms. Jones is delighted to be returning to Orsolina 28.

  • Lorenzo Pagano

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    Lorenzo Pagano has been a Soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company since 2012 where he has embodied some of the most iconic leading roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Cave of the Heart, Embattled Garden, Night Journey, and Diversion of Angels as well as in new contemporary works by Andonis Foniadakis, Lucinda Childs, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Nacho Duato, Pontus Lindberg, Lar Lubovitch, Troy Schumacher, and Sonya Tayeh.

    A native of Torino, Italy, he moved to the United States of America in 2011 where he trained as a scholarship student at The School at Jacob’s Pillow and The Martha Graham School. Mr. Pagano has been a Guest Artist with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and is currently a performer with Movement Migration and balletXtreme.

    He has danced with Paris Opera former Étoile and Artistic Director Aurélie Dupont in Martha Graham’s Lament from Acts of Light and has partnered Miami City Ballet and Bejart Ballet Principal Dancer Myrna Kamara in Martha Graham’s Moon from Canticle for Innocent Comedians. In July 2016, Mr. Pagano was awarded the Italian International Dance Award as “Male Rising Star”.

The Martha Graham Technique™ is based on Martha Graham’s groundbreaking dance style which grew from her experimentation with the elemental movements of contraction and release. By focusing on the basic activities and breath of the human form, she enlivened the body with raw, electric emotion. The sharp, angular, and direct movements of her technique were a dramatic departure from the predominant style of the time. The technique promotes strength, stamina, self-expression, and serves as a foundation for excellence in many other styles of dance.

Graham Repertory will provide dancers with a deeper understanding of Graham’s expressive style and signature technique while learning phrases and excerpts from a masterpiece choreographed by one of the most iconic choreographers of the 20th century.

Dance Composition will guide dancers through the exploration and study of dance-making that focuses on creating unique movement phrases while discovering their own artistic voice by using the Martha Graham Technique™ as a source of reference and inspiration to develop their own choreographic techniques.