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Stephen Petronio Company's 2015 Joyce Season - Inaugural Season of "Bloodlines"
Stephen Petronio Company
The Stephen Petronio Company’s 30th anniversary culminates in transformation: the launch of Bloodlines, a five-year project to incorporate works by trailblazers of American postmodern dance into the Company’s repertory and present them alongside new works by Stephen Petronio. The first season pairs RainForest, Merce Cunningham’s iconic, 20th-century masterpiece, with Locomotor/Non Locomotor, Petronio’s now complete two-part work.
Merce Cunningham’s RainForest is a spare and bracing foray into animal abstract motion and sound, set loose amidst a world of floating silver pillows. RainForest features an electronic score composed by David Tudor performed live by John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, Matt Rogalsky, and Stephan Moore (two musicians perform each evening), and visual design by Andy Warhol.
Also on the program is Petronio’s Locomotor/Non Locomotor. Last season’s Locomotor cast Petronio’s virtuosic dancers careening forward and backward through time and space. Non Locomotor, a companion work and world premiere, explores movement deep within a torquing center, sending surges of action throughout the body while stationary in space. The full two-part work features an original score by electronic pioneer Clams Casino (Michael Volpe), with vocal elements by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City; costumes by Narciso Rodriguez, one of America’s foremost designers; and lighting design by Petronio’s longtime collaborator Ken Tabachnick.
The Stephen Petronio Company dancers are Davalois Fearon, Gino Grenek, Barrington Hinds, Jaqlin Medlock, Nicholas Sciscione, Emily Stone, and Joshua Tuason. Guest dancer Melissa Toogood, a former Merce Cunningham dancer, performs with the Company.
Photo of Stephen Petronio Company's “Locomotor”; Pictured: Melissa Toogood and Joshua Tuason; Photo: Yi-Chun Wu