October 9, 18:00 – 20:00 

Stephen Petronio Company (USA)

“Boris Hristov” House of Culture, Plovdiv


About the choreographer:

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. For over 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.

Petronio was born in Newark, NJ, and received a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he began his early training in improvisation and dance technique. He was greatly influenced by working with Steve Paxton and was the first male dancer of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (1979 to 1986).

Petronio has created over 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), Maggio Danza Florence (1996), Sydney Dance Company (2003, full evening), Norrdans (2006), the Washington Ballet (2007), The Scottish Ballet (2007), and two works for National Dance Company Wales (2010 and 2013).

He has gone on to build a unique career, receiving numerous accolades, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, awards from  the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, an American Choreographer Award, a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, and most recently a 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

Through the years Stephen Petronio has worked with a lot of talented and provocative artists from different fields such as the visual artist Janine Antoni in a number of discipline-blurring projects, Laurie, Son Lux, Serj Tankian (lead vocalist of System of a Down) Ross (Nine Inch Nails), Nick Cave, with the photographer Matthew Brandt, the lighting designer Ken Tabachnick and the fashion designers Narciso Rodriguez, John Bartlett, Jillian Lewis, Benjamin Cho, Tony Cohen, Rachel Roy, Manolo etc.

About the company:

Stephen Petronio Company has this year launched a campaign to establish a choreographic residency program in Pawling, New York. This new undertaking expands the Company’s mission, reaffirming its new approach to history, and laying the groundwork for a creative and 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 daily pressures of urban life.

Last season marked the first incarnation of Bloodlines, a project of Stephen Petronio Company to honor and curate a lineage of American postmodern dance masters. 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. These artists are distinguished for creating original languages that embody the highest level of artistic excellence displayed through extreme physical and conceptual rigor, and have had a profound impact on Petronio’s own artistic path.

For ONE DANCE WEEK 2016 the company will perform a repertoire of original pieces created by the choreographer Petronio and performances that are part of the project Bloodlines.

Glacial Decoy (1979)

Choreography: Trisha Brown

Set, costumes, and Visual Direction: Robert Rauschenberg

Lighting: Beverly Emmons

Staged by: Diane Madden and Lisa Kraus

RainForest (1968)

Choreography: Merce Cunningham

Music: David Tudor

Rainforest Décor: Andy Warhol

Lighting: Aaron Copp

Staged by: Andrea Weber, with Meg Harper and Rashaun Mitchell

Locomotor (2014)

Choreography: Stephen Petronio

Original score: Clams Casino

Lighting: Ken Tabachnick

Costumes: Narciso Rodriguez

Pictures © Yi-Chun Wu & Sarah Silver

The visit of Stephen Petronio Company has been made possible with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from Rapid Response, a project of American Dance Abroad and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.