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

The evening will feature work by Graham,
W. Kamau Bell & Melissa Hudson Bell,
Patrick Barnes & Rowan Turner,
Eric Garcia & Wiley Naman Strasser,
Raphael Boumaila & Molly Allen,
Michael Galloway & Vincent Chavez,
Morgan True & Tao, and
Melissa Lewis & Christina Busler


Friday, February 12, 8pm
Saturday, February 13, 8pm
Sunday, February 14, 7pm (Valentine’s Day)


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. Dance Lovers provides a unique environment for many of these couples to perform together for the first time…even though they may both be professional performers.
This year we have a touching intergenerational duet, a comedian and dancer-academic married couple, boyfriends (who dance for Robert Moses, DTSF, Hope Mohr), Queer Activists, and an energetic weightlifting parkour couple. James Graham (and Sebastian Grubb) will be showing an excerpt of his recent evening length duet “Homeroom.”
Join us to celebrate and enjoy on this Valentine’s Day Weekend!


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

Thursday, December 10, 8pm
Friday, December 11, 8pm   (talkback)
Saturday, December 12, 8pm

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

(Presented 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.











Choreography & Performance Workshop

w/ James Graham at LINES Dance Center… Choreographic Process, and Repertory.

Live performance in Union Square April 29, 12:30pm!

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Dance Lovers 2015 5x7 postcard A_front…duets by real-life couples, crushes, and comrades

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 8pm, (Valentine’s Day) &

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 8pm

Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco, CA

James Graham Dance Theatre presents the 4th annual Dance Lovers show on Valentine’s Day and the day after.  The two evenings of duets will be comprised of friends, lovers, partners, twin sisters, and other San Francisco couplings.  The duets will vary in genre and style.


Duets include:

James Graham and Sebastian Grubb

Andrew Ward and Caroline Alexander

Courtney Moreno and Chris Black

Melissa and Elizabeth Castaneda

Ashley Marie (Katie Florez and Mary Kate O’Sullivan)




Michael & Roland (premiering in Dance Lovers)

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. Premiered in February 2015.

Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Grant

JGDT recently received these two competitive 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.



“Guilty Survivor”

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.



“Dear Harvey”

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.

More about the show: