James Graham



Join us for the 2020 dance performance

May 8th, 2020 : Virtual Queer Collections of performance art & dance 

Showcasing a queer collection of work from artist around the world. We will do a virtual experience so we can continue to stay connected even during our current conditions.

Artist names that are participating will be announced shortly. 

Artist participating:

Jess Pope                                                    MXME (Erne Murphy & Shannon Fortner)        

Performances below have been postponed due to covid-19.

Event Details:

A night of dance. Place: Sarasota Art Museum 1001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

Date & Time: May 8th doors open at 6 pm, with the after-party to follow. Tickets In advance:General $15, Students & Sarasota Art Museum members $12 VIP $30    Tickets at door: General $20, Students $15, Sarasota Art Museum Members $12

Harvey Milk Festival Presents: James Graham at Sarasota Art Museum

James Graham Dance Theatre brings their work to the Harvey Milk Festival. These two duets, “Back to Back” and “Four Years Later,” explore the dancers collaborating relationship, current friendship as well as more broad topics of masculinity, gender, sexuality, and human connections. San Francisco based performers James Graham & Sebastian Grubb have danced together for a decade. They also received an IZZIE (Isadora Duncan) Award for their performance in these duets as an “outstanding ensemble.”

Opening performance:

In a new collaborative adventure, Amber McNew and Jess Pope are combining their dance and acting backgrounds to discover and explore queer theology. By combining these two different mediums of performance, they aim to create a thought provoking, as well as humorous reminder, that queer culture and identity have always been present in the timeline of the human experience. Amber is thrilled to be making her Harvey Milk Festival debut and is so grateful to Shannon and everyone involved for allowing her to join this Sarasota family and represent her LGBT+ community through Art and Theatre. Jess has been a proud participant and supporter of the Harvey Milk Festival since its early days. They are both honored to be creating for their community.

James Graham is holding a GAGA workshop. Held at Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company 1400 Boulevard of the Arts #suite 300 Sarasota, FL 34236    GAGA workshop Tickets!

About James Graham Dance Theatre

James Graham

James Graham is a San Francisco based choreographer, performer, and educator. James Graham Dance Theatre, presents the work of James Graham while also curating the work of others, namely in DANCE LOVERS…duets by couples, crushes, and comrades, an annual show of duets around Valentine’s day in San Francisco. JGDT has recently been presented at ODC Theatre, Micadanses in Paris, France, UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse, Bates College, in the Daegu International Dance Festival in South Korea, The Nourse Theatre and Davies Symphony Hall (commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus), at the University of Calgary, Canada, Dominican University, National Queer Arts Festival, Kunst-Stoff Arts, Too Much! Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Joe Goode Annex, Kennesaw State University, The Ohio State University, HeART of Market Festival, San Francisco City Hall Rotunda, and in the Golden Gate Park National A.I.D.S. Memorial Grove.
Graham was a choreographic mentee in Margaret Jenkins’ CHIME program in 2018. In 2017 Graham received an IZZIE for “Outstanding Performance as an Ensemble” with Sebastian Grubb for their performance in JGDT’s “Homeroom.” In 2015 he received an IZZIE award for “Outstanding Achievement in Performance for an Individual” (for his Entire Season) and was nominated that same year for an IZZIE in Outstanding Choreography for JGDT’s “Guilty Survivor.”

In 2007, Graham first went to Israel to study Gaga, made possible by the Kathryn Karipides Scholarship in Modern Dance. He was chosen by Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company) to be a Certified Gaga Instructor and to take part in his pilot training program of international Gaga teachers. He has taught Gaga extensively on the West Coast, in the Midwest, as well as in France, Canada, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, Greece, and Israel. He has been invited to teach at Oberlin College, Dennison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Reed College, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Ohio State University, University of San Francisco, California State University East Bay, College of Marin, and at the SF Clown Conservatory.  He is currently on faculty at the University of California, Berkeley and Dominican University of California/LINES BFA Program, and teaches open Gaga classes. Graham teaches Choreography, Performance, and Gaga Workshops around the world throughout the year.

Graham received an M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University in 2010, focusing on performance, choreography, and video. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2005 with a B.A. in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. He is a member of Lisa Wymore & Sheldon Smith’s Disappearing Acts and the Joe Goode Performance Group.

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