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UCIRA Co-Sponsored Event: Stephen Petronio Company Residency at UC Santa Cruz

Mater Class, Open Rehearsal and Artist Talk/Q & A

Date: Monday, March 3, 2014

Location: UC Santa Cruz

10:00-11:30 am A 104 Master Class (open to UCSC Theater Arts students)
12:00 noon Plaza Brown Bag lunch with dancers and dance students
1:00-4:00 pm Ex. Space Company Rehearsal
4:00-5:00 pm Ex. Space Invited open rehearsal, (open to all UCSC Theater Arts student and invited special guests)

5:00-6:00 pm Dinner break

6:00-7:00 pm 2nd Stage Artist Talk with Stephen Petronio and company members (open to the public)

Choreographer / Artistic Director, Stephen Petronio Company

For 30 years, Stephen Petronio has honed a unique lan­guage of movement that speaks to the intuitive and complex possi­bilities of the body within the shifting sphere of our current time. He continues to create a haven for dancers with a keen in­terest in history and an appetite for the unknown. Petronio was born in Newark, NJ, and received a BA from Hampshire College, Amherst MA, where he began his early training in improvisation and dance technique. He was greatly influenced by working with Steve Paxton as well as the dancing of Rudolph Nureyev and was the first male dancer of the Trisha Brown Company (1979 to 1986). 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, and a New York Dance and Performance “Bes­sie” Award.

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), and The Scot­tish Ballet (2007).

His company repertory works have been set on The Scottish Ballet, Norrdans in Sweden, Dance Works Rotterdam, National Dance Company of Wales, X Factor Dance Company in Edinburgh, Ballet National de Marseille, Ballet de Lorraine, and London Contemporary Dance Theater. In 2009, Petronio completed an evening-length work, Tragic Love for 30 dancers in collaboration with composer Son Lux for Ballet de Lorraine. He completed two additional new works with Son Lux: By Singing Light, for the National Dance Company of Wales (2010), and The Social Band, a commission for OtherShore Dance Company in New York (2011). Other recent projects include Prometheus Bound (2011), a musical for the American Reper­tory Theater, in collaboration with director Diane Paulus (HAIR), writer and lyricist Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) and composer Serj Tankian (Grammy award, lead vocalist “System of a Down”). Pet­ronio performed his rendition of Paxton’s Intravenous Lecture at the TEDMED-2012 conference at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC, and has spent the last several years working on his mem­oir, “Confessions of a Motion Addict.” In October 2012, Petronio received the honor of being named the first Artist-in-Residence at The Joyce Theater, an appointment running through September 2014.

This event is co-sponsored by UCIRA.

Photo by Sarah Silver

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