Posted on November 23, 2012
When Hurricane Sandy hit New York, the Martha Graham Dance Company was among those affected. The company’s basement warehouse was flooded, damaging the collection of sets, costumes and artifacts. The company has launched a recovery fund to repair the damage.
The basement warehouse held a historic collection, built up over eight decades and valued at $4 million. It included the famous Isamu Noguchi sets for Night Journey, Cave of the Heart and Errand Into the Maze (pictured), along with hundreds of costumes. Some of the costumes were worn on stage only days before the storm landed. Others had been worn by Graham herself.
With the help of volunteer conservators, the company is working to rescue the damaged material. To support the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund for the Martha Graham Dance Company, see http://marthagraham.org/support.
Picture: Miki Orihara in Martha Graham’s Errand Into the Maze. Photograph: Costas