James Graham Dance Theatre


Choreography & Performance Workshop 2017

The participants of James Graham’s Choreography & Performance Spring Workshop will dance in two live performances Union Square April 26 and Mint Plaza April 21.


Berkeley Dance Project, UC Berkeley

April 20-22 & 27-29, 2017

Graham is creating a new group work for students.  Igneous will premiere in the Berkeley Dance Project at the University of California, at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse.






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Recent Activities:



February, 10-12, 2017,   Joe Goode Annex

JGDT’s 6th Annual Valentine’s Weekend event

…duets by couples, crushes, and comrades

James Graham & Galen Rogers
Arletta Anderson & Adam Smith
Rogelio Lopez & Andrew Merrell
Anna Long & Daniel Chenoweth
Grace Towers & Ismael Acosta
Rachel Laws & Jane Selna




February 3-4, 2017,   Shotgun Players’ Ashby Stage

Shotgun Players presented 2015’s crowd-favorite HOMEROOM.  JGDT performed an excerpt from this duet, and shared the evening with Home Mohr Dance’s Manifesting.


Trolley Dances 2016

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October 15 & 16, 2016

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

Hoodline Spotlight Interview about Trolley Dances


The Charlip Project


November 4-20, 2016

James Graham is choreographing for The Charlip Projectabout the life of Remy Charlip who was a performer, choreographer, author, illustrator. This Eye Zen Production (Seth Eisen) will premiere at the new CounterPULSE in SF.

Choreography & Performance Workshop 2016

The participants of James Graham’s Choreography & Performance Workshop at LINES Dance Center performed a new work directed by Graham. They performed this piece On Top Of The Ground at Union Square, April 27 & Mint Plaza (HeART on Market), April 30




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

February 12-14, 2016
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.


JGDT presented this evening-length duet about male relationships, masculinity, and human connections December 10-12, 2015 at ODC Theater in San Francsico


20150928-DSC_1782Where is Contemporary Dance? Reflections on Work by James Graham and Sara Shelton Mann, Baywatchbaywatch.com 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(.wordpress.com) 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

Homeroom 1 027JGDT Presented the duet “Back to Back,” an excerpt from HOMEROOM, at the Looking Left Festival, Produced by Sid Pearlman, Motion Pacific Santa Cruz, California, November 6-7, 2015




11130473_10155493129255713_1094488979540372160_oGraham 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.  April 9-11, 2015 in the University of Calgary’s Dance@Night Concert










dance lovers 078In his second in a series of three duets, James Graham allowed 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. Premiered at Dance Lovers 2015.



(IZZIE Award Nomination 2015–Outstanding Choreography)

Liz Ending PlieGraham presented 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 expanded 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. Joe Goode Annex, November 22-23, 2013




IMG_7798Daegu 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.



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.  Nourse Theatre, San Francisco, CA. June 26-28, 2013


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