Stephen Petronio Company



they fall into embraces, assist one another, make gestures that hint at emotions. But always they dance, as if their lives depended on it, as if even while connections sever and structures spin apart, this world’s fragments carry the DNA of wholeness. - Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Stephen Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation. New music, visual art and fashion collide in his dances producing powerfully modern landscapes for the senses.

Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed in 26 countries throughout the world, including over 35 New York City engagements with 17 seasons at The Joyce Theater. The Company has been commissioned by Dance Umbrella Festival/London, Hebbel Theater/Berlin, Theater Scene National de Sceaux/France, Festival d’Automne a Paris, CNDC Angers/France, The Holland Festival, Festival International Montpellier-Danse, Danceworks UK Ltd, International Cannes Danse Festival, and in the US by San Francisco Performances, The Joyce Theater, UCSB Arts & Lectures, Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, and White Bird, among others.

Petronio’s newest work, Like Lazarus Did (LLD), is an evening-length work inspired by the mythology of resurrection featuring Petronio’s company of ten powerhouse dancers. Collaborators on the project include composer Son Lux, The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, under the direction of Francisco Núñez, visual artist Janine Antoni, costume designer H. Petal, and lighting designer Ken Tabachnick. Petronio and his collaborators draw on ideas of transcendence, elevation, and regeneration, recurring themes that stretch from early pagan culture to our contemporary time. Known for his rich, kinetic movement language and formal rigor, Petronio employs structural devices such as accumulation, retrograde, and accidental overlay, including new treatments of movement from dances created over the company’s 28-year history, to heighten the thematic content. LLD features an original electroacoustic score by Son Lux that draws from a range of spiritual music and texts, from early American slave songs to the meditative drones of Eastern mysticism. LLD is conceived as an ongoing performance event that takes specific and unique form for each particular space/theater it inhabits.

though the subject is somber, the choreography isn’t. The dancers are astonishing, their movement so deceptively simple and flowing that you want to try it yourself. Yet it’s precisely controlled and requires the pure, long lines of a ballet dancer.
-THE NEW YORK POST

The repertory offered also includes a restaging of his extraordinary evening-length work, Underland, which was awarded an NEA American Masterpieces grant and was originally created for the Sydney Dance Company in 2002. It presents a dark and brooding world inspired by the tender, bitter-sweet songs of pop balladeer Nick Cave, with dancers hurling through space with razor sharp precision; fiercely energized one moment, sensually lyrical the next.
 
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Underland

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I Drink the Air Before Me

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Bud Suite

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Beauty and the Brut

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Ghostown