Stephen Petronio Company in Southeast Asia

This empowering, thought-provoking company extends its reach to communities in Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Stephen Petronio Company, founded in 1984, has performed in 26 countries worldwide, including more than 40 New York City engagements with 22 seasons at the Joyce Theater. The company has been commissioned internationally by Dance Umbrella Festival, Hebbel Theater, Scène Nationale de Sceaux, Festival d’Automne, CNDC Angers, the Holland Festival, and Festival Montpellier Danse, and in the US by San Francisco Performances, the Joyce Theater, Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, UCSB Arts & Lectures, and White Bird, among others.

Last season marked the company’s first incarnation of Bloodlines, a project honoring and curating a lineage of American postmodern dance masters who embody the highest level of artistic excellence. Over a period of five years, the company plans to bring works by Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Anna Halprin, Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, and others into its repertory.

This year, Stephen Petronio Company launched a campaign to establish a choreographic residency program in upstate New York. This new undertaking expands the company’s mission and lays the groundwork for a secure future. The residency program will focus on research and the creative process, providing dedicated rehearsal space and resources to choreographers and their collaborators to explore ideas and develop new work away from the pressures of urban life.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

For more than 30 years, Stephen Petronio has honed a unique language of movement that speaks to the intuitive and complex possibilities of the body, informed by its shifting cultural context. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists in many disciplines and holds the integration of multiple forms as fundamental to his creative vision. Petronio was born in Newark, NJ, and received a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he began early training in improvisation and dance technique. He was greatly influenced by his work with Steve Paxton, and in 1979 Petronio became the first male dancer in the Trisha Brown Dance Company. He has received honors including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Choreographers Award, and a 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Petronio has created more than 35 works for his company and has been commissioned by some of the world’s most prestigious modern and ballet companies, including William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt (1987), Deutsche Oper Berlin (1992), Lyon Opera Ballet (1994), and Sydney Dance Company (2003, full evening).

Petronio, whose training originated with the leading figures of the Judson era, performed Man Walking Down the Side of a Building in 2010 for Trisha Brown Company at the Whitney Museum. He has collaborated on multiple works with composer Son Lux, including Tragic Love (2009), an evening-length work for 30 dancers for Ballet de Lorraine. He has also created discipline-blurring projects with visual artist Janine Antoni, including a new work, Ally, in collaboration with Anna Halprin and Adrian Heathfield. Petronio was named the first artist in residence at the Joyce Theater from 2012 to 2014.

RESIDENCIES

January – February, 2017

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