Considered one of the foremost contemporary choreographers of our time, Stephen Petronio has created some of the most exciting, unpredictable, and visceral work in dance today. Besides his powerful choreography and uncanny vision for presenting jarringly eclectic juxtapositions, his collaborations with renowned artists in other media add to the impact of his vision. He has worked with composers like Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson; visual artists such as Cindy Sherman, Anish Kapoor, and Tal Yarden; and designers such as Leigh Bowery and Tara Subkoff.
In addition to calling in these megawatt stars, the Petronio Company possesses its own galactic talent pool, dancers whose technical abilities clearly delineate Petronio’s corporal language. Demonstrating uber-contemporary sensibility in play with classical lines, the dancers embody Petronio’s fierce and at times in-your-face attitude towards movement and the use of space. A Petronio Company performance is nothing if not exciting and raw.
The SPC has performed in over 25 countries and has been seen over 35 times in New York City alone, with 15 seasons at the Joyce Theater. Petronio has been commissioned by notable institutions such as the Dance Umbrella Festival in London, the Hebbel Theater in Berlin, and the International Cannes Festival. He has created work for a wide range of companies, such as the X Factor Dance Company in Edinburgh and the London Contemporary Dance Theater. He is presently creating pieces for, among others, San Francisco Performances, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Walker Art Center. Petronio also choreographed the new musical, “Prometheus Bound,” directed by Diane Paulus of the Broadway revival of HAIR. The musical opened at the American Repertory Theater in February, 2011.
Founded in 1984, the SPC has earned many important accolades, including a Bessie Award, New York Dance Award, American Choreographer Award, and NY Foundation for the Arts Award. With his unique voice, an expansive choreographic vocabulary, consistently striking visuals, and a bad-boy attitude, the Stephen Petronio Company is an experience not to miss.
Stephen Petronio Company Information
- Venues: Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue; most of the year, the company is on tour
- Public Transportation: Very good for Joyce Theater (easily accessible by subway lines A, C, and E at 14th Street; L train at Eighth Avenue; 1 train at 18th Street/7th Avenue; and buses M11, M14, and M20). Other venues vary
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Stephen Petronio Company tours with programs made up of the eight or so current pieces melding kinetic choreography with cutting edge musical influences. Engagements at individual locations generally range from a day to a week. Check out the company’s website for upcoming dates and locations
- Ticket Prices: Tickets generally range from $25 to $60, depending on venue.