Martha Graham Master Class & Screening of “The Sacrosanct Accompanist”, followed by a Q & A session

Terese Capucilli was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and is acclaimed for her work with Martha Graham Dance Company and her interpretation of the classic roles originally performed by Graham. She was a principal dancer with the Graham company from 1979 to 2005, associate artistic director from 2000 to 2002; and artistic director from 2002 to 05. She is now artistic director laureate. Roles created for her include The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring. She was nstrumental in the research, reconstruction, and performance of early solos, including Salem Shore (with Claire Bloom), Deep Song, and Spectre-1914. Capucilli was partnered by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev in Graham works (Appalachian Spring in 1988 with both dancers). Roles have been created for her by choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Lucinda Childs, and Robert Wilson. Other career highlights include performances with Kathleen Turner in Graham’s Letter to the World and setting Appalachian Spring on Colorado Ballet and Juilliard (2008). She was associate founder/principal dancer of Buglisi Dance Theater and was chosen for Annie Leibovitz’s book, WOMEN. Awards include the 1985 Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship, 1986 Statuette Award, 2001 Dance magazine award, and Purchase College’s 2010 Presidential Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a BFA in Dance from Purchase College and has studied with Kazuko Hirabayashi, Carol Fried Cowen, Mel Wong, Aaron Osborne, Royes Fernandez, Anne Parsons, and Rosanna Seravalli. She received a scholarship from the Graham Center in 1978 where she studied with Martha Graham, Gertrude Shurr, Linda Hodes, Pearl Lang, and Yuriko. Additional instructors in New York include Kathy Grant, Maggie Black, Zena Rommett, Nancy Bielski, Leda Franklin/Gyrokinesis (certified) and character work with National Dance Institute. She has been on the faculty at Juilliard since 1999.

The Sacrosanct Accompanist
This beautiful documentary offers a pristine journey through sound and movement, giving overdue credence to the essential contribution that accompanists make to the dance world. This film is a kind of valentine to Lawrence “Reed” Hansen, who for generations has been one of the most inspiring musicians in the field.
Master of the art of improvisation for dance, Hansen makes this noblest of art forms an extraordinary pleasure to watch. At once, the documentary captures Reed’s delightful demeanor and evidences this stellar musician’s passion for and skill at accompanying dance classes.
How he does this is at the core of this film as he accompanies specific exercises drawn from Martha Graham’s technique. Each exercise is articulated by Hansen at the keyboard and demonstrated exquisitely by students of The Juilliard School and the Graham studio where musician-accompanists are a critical part of the classroom experience. This cross-pollination of disciplined caring and devotion illuminates the kinetic genius of Graham’s movement invention: each segment becomes a sculpted masterpiece for the eyes and ears, doubly rewarding for the viewer.
Throughout, Reed’s invaluable comments explain how he incorporates basic components of pulse, meter, style, register, tone, melodic and rhythmic phrasing, and dynamic range to achieve his extraordinary brand of improvised dance accompaniment. Stressing the importance of internalizing the tempo, Reed’s music lifts and supports, as he plays with rhythms — both subtle and seductive, syncopated and forceful, with shifting dynamics and qualities, accumulations, and suspenseful silences, all conceived to supply an aura of expansion and possibility.
Central to this film is Hansen’s quiet generosity and commitment to the dance field, day after day. Clearly, the word ‘accompanist’ does not describe the full extent of this musician’s role within the classroom. Reed Hansen’s influence is much greater. He is a movement facilitator seamlessly connecting the aural and physical experience — And it is Terese Capucilli’s extraordinary and dedicated direction as filmmaker/producer that reveals this.
— Janet Mansfield Soares, Dance Educator, Author, Louis Horst: A Musician in a Dancer’s World and Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance

This is an unique opportunity for capital region dancers, as well as for dance lovers in general. The class is open to dancers with modern dance experience, and the movie is open to all. To register please visit, write to, or call (518) 584-2225 ext. 3008.


$35 master class only

$15 movie only

$40 for master class + film

Master Class – 2:30 – 4:00 pm in the Lewis A. Swyer Studios

Film Screening in The Riggi Theater 5:00 – 8:00 pm

(snow day Feb. 8th)


Feb 01 2020


02:30 PM - 08:00 PM