Current Projects and News

Trolley Dances 2016

October 15 & 16, 2016

JGDT has been invited to perform at Trolley Dances.  We will be dancing in the Jane Warner Plaza at the intersections of Market/ Castro/ 17th Streets.

The Charlip Project

November 4-20, 2016

James Graham is the Choreographer for The Charlip Project. The work is about the life of Remy Charlip…performer, choreographer, author, illustrator. This Eye Zen Production (Seth Eisen) will premiere at the new CounterPULSE in SF.




Choreography & Performance Workshop

The participants of James Graham’s Choreography & Performance Workshop at LINES Dance Center performed a new work directed by Graham.

Union Square, Wednesday, April 27, 12:30-1:30

Mint Plaza (HeART on Market), Saturday, April 30, 12:15pm




DanceLovers_FacebookBannerJames Graham Dance Theatre curates and presents the 5th annual DANCE LOVERS Valentine’s Day Weekend at the Joe Goode Annex.

February 12-14, 2016

Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St, San Francisco

Dance Lovers pairs real-life couples, crushes, and comrades in duets that look at their relationships in their chosen style of dance and performance…incorporating modern, parkour, ballet, improvisation, spoken word, and comedy.


…an evening length duet about male relationships, masculinity, and human connections.

December 10-12, 2015

ODC Theatre, San Francisco



Where is Contemporary Dance? Reflections on Work by James Graham and Sara Shelton Mann, by Kate Mattingly

James Graham’s Homeroom Makes Sustained Eye Contact with Platonic Love, Preview in SF Weekly by Peter Kane

James Graham’s Homeroom: A Look at How Men Exist, Preview Interview in TheTripleDogDare( by Marie Tollon






IMG_2048James Graham was awarded an IZZIE (Isadora Duncan Award) for his 2013-2014 season!  Outstanding Achievement in Performance as an Individual


James Graham Dance Theatre was also nominated for an IZZIE in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for “Guilty Survivor.”






Looking Left Festival

Santa Cruz, California, November 6-7, 2015

(JGDT Presented the duet “Back to Back,” an excerpt from HOMEROOM)



April 9-11, 2015 in the University of Calgary’s Dance@Night Concert

Graham choreographed Sanct for three Senior Dance Majors at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada.  The trio deals with powerful forces of mystery, queenliness, and witchcraft…imagined and real.










February 2015

In his second in a series of three duets, James Graham allows his choreographic and performative choices to stem from looking at control and power as they reside in prisons, colonial/colonized environments and relationships, in the wilds of nature, and in aspects of sexuality…namely S&M. Think French-artistocratic-Wild-Panthers-in-a-Zoo-Men-With-Beards-Begrudgingly-and-Agressivly-having-Sex.

Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Grant

JGDT recently received these Grants for his newest work “Michael & Roland,” a duet with Sebastian Grubb exploring aspects of power and how we deal, play, create, and take it.




(IZZIE Award Nominated–Best Choreography)

November 22-23, 2013

Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco, CA

Let Us Compare Chronologies, an evening of new dances by Katharine Hawthorne and James Graham, draws together works marking the passing of time and measuring how past events shape our present understanding. Graham presents Guilty Survivor, a meditation on what it means to live in the aftermath of the 1980’s as a gay man in San Francisco, while also dealing with a feeling of “missing the party.” The piece promises to expand on Graham’s recent work “Dear Harvey,” which was selected for performance with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in their June concert Harvey Milk 2013 at the Nourse Theatre. “Guilty Survivor” will include performances by Graham, Chad Dawson, Charles Slender, & Liz Tenuto.

Liz Ending Plie



Daegu International Dance Festival

September 24-27, 2013

Daegu, South Korea

Colleagues HyunJung Lee, Maree Remalia, and James Graham created “Thirtysomething” for the 15th Daegu International Dance Festival.  The work dealt with being in their thirties, identity, nationality, and their shared life experiences of living in Israel and teaching Gaga.




June 26-28, 2013

Nourse Theatre, San Francisco, CA

James Graham Dance Theatre was invited to premiere this new duet in collaboration with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ concert Harvey Milk 2013, Living the Legacy.

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