Dancing with debt – Durham festival loses opening act

The Martha Graham Dance Company, a pioneering modern dance institution, has frozen all operations due to financial problems, the New York Times reports.

The suspension of activities means an immediate cancellation of performances at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C., where it was scheduled to open the season on June 8, the Times says.

Charles Reinheart, co-director of the American Dance Festival, called the board’s decision “totally irresponsible,” saying he would do everything possible to convince the company to perform.

The Manhattan-based center would have faced a $500,000 deficit if it had continued operations this year.

The company was also scheduled to open a two-week dance festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington in September and to perform at the Joyce Theater in Manhattan in November. Both performances are suspended until further funds are found, the Times says.

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