Gary Galbraith


Mather Dance Center

Mr. Galbraith was a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company where he danced many of the prestigious roles in the repertory that Ms. Graham created. Such roles include Jason in “Cave of the Heart”, both the Husbandman and the Revivalist in “Appalachian Spring”, the Minotaur in “Errand into the Maze”, both The Couple in White and The Couple in Red in “Diversion of Angels”, The Priest of Sacrifice in “Clytemnestra”, The Christ Figure in “El Penitente”, and The Cavalier in “Deaths and Entrances”. During his tenure with the company, Mr. Galbraith was featured in new ballets created for the Graham Company, including Robert Wilson’s “Snow on the Mesa” and “But Not For Me” by Tony Award winning choreographer Susan Stroman as well as serving as rehearsal assistant for the company . Lucinda Childs choreographed a duet on him which was premiered by the Graham Company and which he later premiered in Cleveland. He has been a regisseur of the Graham ballets and has staged works for Ecole de Danse de Cannes (France), Verb Ballets, Western Michigan University, Washington University in St. Louis and at Belhaven University.

He has been a guest solo artist at international festivals such as the Men in Dance Festival in Salvador, Brazil, the Suzanne Dellal Dance Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel and the Berner Tanztage in Bern, Switzerland. Mr. Galbraith has also been a guest artist with Modern Dans Toplulugu, the modern dance company of the State Opera and Ballet of Turkey. He toured with that company internationally and served as Assistant to the Director.

Prior to joining the Graham Company, Mr. Galbraith danced with the Jose Limon Dance Company, where he performed some of Mr. Limon’s noted works such as “Missa Brevis” and “The Unsung” throughout Europe and in the United States. He has also appeared as a guest artist with several companies and has taught workshops around the world and was on staff with the New York International Ballet Competition from 1993-2003.

In 2002, Mr. Galbraith created ‘Kinetic Shadows’, a dance work for 6 dancers and 5 musicians which required the dancers and musicians to perform simultaneously but in two different locations using the newest technologies of Internet2. For the premiere, 3 dancers and 2 musicians were performing in Los Angeles and 3 dancers and 3 musicians were performing in Cleveland. With three video streams and complete surround sound, it broke many barriers and was a finalist in the Northern Ohio Live Awards. Mr. Galbraith has continued to explore technology and dance having recently created “Distant Encounter” using the latest applications in broad band technologies for the Living the Future Today conference in Cleveland in 2011. He also choreographed “Edges” in 2010, “Technotic Episodes” and “In Common Space”, a dance for six dancers, two in Cleveland, two in Miami, Florida, and two in Gainesville, Florida where the simultaneous performances were viewed by three separate audiences via internet2 technologies. Notably, his “MDC” was created as a tribute to Mather Dance Center for the Centennial Celebration of the building in 2007-08.

Mr. Galbraith’s work in dance medicine and science is internationally recognized.  He was the invited keynote speaker for the 2010 annual meeting of the Performing Arts Medicine Association and he is a member of Dance/ USA’s Task Force on Dancer Health.  Additionally, he is the designer and director of the Dancer Wellness Project, a web based project he created that fosters wellness for dancers and educational and research oriented projects among a consortium of affiliates that includes professional companies and universities around the world.

As Professor of dance at CWRU, Mr. Galbraith is the Artistic Director of Dance and teaches advanced modern technique, choreography and dance wellness.  Mr. Galbraith was honored by the graduate students of Case Western Reserve University with the 2005 Diekhoff Award for excellence in Graduate Teaching.