Dance troupe stumbles – Debt, disagreements kill act

The Martha Graham Dance Company will not perform at Durham’s American Dance Festival next week due to conflicts between the company’s board of directors and the head of the Martha Graham Trust, the Raleigh News & Observer and the New York Times reported on June 1.

The company’s board of directors voted to suspend operations on May 25, citing a financial deficit of $500,000. Board members say donors have been reluctant to help the company because of infighting. The conflict is between Ron Protas, whom Graham named as her successor, and board members and administrators including acting chairman Francis Mason and company executive director Marvin Preston.

The company has also cancelled a European tour, appearances in California and performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Martha Graham, one of the founders of the American Dance Festival, is regarded as the mother of modern dance.

For full text, go to the News & Observer in Raleigh.

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