James Graham Dance Theatre was formed in 2010 to encompass the creative pursuits of James Graham. JGDT has recently been presented at ODC Theatre, the Daegu International Dance Festival in South Korea, Trolley Dances San Francisco, The Nourse Theatre and Davies Symphony Hall (commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus), The University of Calgary, Dominican University of California, National Queer Arts Festival, Kunst-Stoff Arts, Too Much! Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Joe Goode Annex, UC Berkeley, The Ohio State University, and in the National A.I.D.S. Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. JGDT also curates the work of other artists, namely in DANCE LOVERS, his annual Valentine’s show of duets. In 2015 Graham received an IZZIE award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for an Individual (for his Entire Season) and was nominated for an IZZIE for Outstanding Choreography (for “Guilty Survivor”).
Graham combines varying disciplines to realize his artistic visions and engage his community. Graham’s works are built, partly through utilizing the movement language of Gaga, as a microcosm of larger life themes, while specifically dealing with our relationships to our bodies, self identification, global politics tied to personal politics, and Western/ American culture often seen through a Queered perspective.