Martha Graham Center Appoints New Artistic Director, Streamlines Operations

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In a reconfiguration of its organization, the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance has created a new artistic-director position and appointed Janet Eilber to it.

Eilber, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, steps into a new position that covers both artistic and financial responsibilities. The center's former directors, Terese Capucilli and Christine Dakin, have been named artistic directors laureate.

Francis Mason, board chairman, thanked Capucilli and Dakin for their efforts on behalf of the center and the company, and said, "They have brough the works back to life with more impact and power than anyone could have imagined and we now have the daunting task of sustaining this success. We feel that it is important that Ms. Dakin and Ms. Capucilli focus on and foster the classic Martha Graham works through performance and special projects."

The administrative changes are intended to take the center into a sustainable operating phase following an intense period of growth, and following years of legal wrangling over who owned the right to perform Graham's extensive oeuvre.

Among the changes announced by the center is a reduction in support staff from 36 full-time positions to 28 and the elimination of nine part-time positions. In a statement, the center said it would meet all of its obligations to its dancers and to its touring schedule are being met despite the streamlining measures.


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