December 19, 2014

Martha Graham Center Awarded $1 Million Grant for Dance Archive Development and Digitization

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From The NY Times:

One of the biggest revolutions in the dance world over the past century has been the use of technology to help preserve choreography and pass it on from one generation to the next.

The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance announced Thursday that its efforts in that direction had received a major boost: a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will allow it to build on, digitize and organize its archive of materials on Graham dances.

The grant will allow the center to create what it calls “toolkits” that can be used to help mount individual Graham dances — which can include videos of generations of Graham dancers in rehearsal and performance; stage drawings; musical recordings and scores; Graham’s choreographic notes; drawings and photographs of sets; costume sketches, reviews and other materials.

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