STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY
Stephen Petronio Company in Full Half Wrong. Photo by Sarah Silver.
New York, NY
Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed in 40 countries throughout the world, including numerous New York City engagements and 25 seasons at The Joyce Theater. The Company has been commissioned by Dance Umbrella Festival/London, Hebbel Theater/Berlin, Scène National de Sceaux, Festival d’Automne à Paris, CNDC Angers/France, The Holland Festival, Festival Montpellier Danse, Danceworks UK Ltd, Festival de Danse–Cannes, and in the U.S. by San Francisco Performances, The Joyce Theater, UCSB Arts & Lectures, Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, and White Bird, among others. In 2017, SPC completed a five-week residency in Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam teaching and performing as a part of the sixth season of DanceMotionUSA supported by the U.S. Department of State and Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The 2014–15 season marked the first incarnation of Bloodlines, a project of Stephen Petronio Company to honor and curate a lineage of American postmodern dance masters. Distinguished for creating original languages that embody the highest level of artistic excellence displayed through extreme physical and conceptual rigor, these artists have had a profound impact on Petronio’s own artistic path. To date, the Company has restaged eleven works, by Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Anna Halprin, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, and Steve Paxton, receiving two New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award nominations for the 2017 Bloodlines season. Two new pieces, by Merce Cunningham and Rudy Perez, were added to the repertoire for the 2018/19 Season. The juxtapositions of Bloodlines repertory alongside Petronio’s works offers audiences an experiential insight into the evolution of this strand of creativity in American choreography.
The Company came to NCCAkron in March of 2020 to continue research on the Bloodlines project, including a new commission by choreographer Johnnie Cruise Mercer.