Sunday, April 10, 2011

Seductive Thrills and Hope Unfettered:

Stephen Petronio's Underland

Choreographer Stephen Petronio has had his finger on the pulse of urban life since his company first appeared in 1984. Edgy, sexy and provocative, Petronio brings a certain New York cool, enlisting some of the city’s most charismatic movers to execute his aggressive, fast paced movement. A champion of collaboration, Petronio has worked with an impressive list of well known artists including musicians Lou Reed and Rufus Wainwright, fashion designers Rachel Roy and Tanya Sarne/Ghost and visual artist Anish Kapoor, to name a few.

Today is your last chance to catch Petronio’s Company performing Underland for their annual New York season at The Joyce Theater (performances at 2 & 7:30 pm). Underland is an evening length work that was originally created for the Sydney Dance Company in 2003. Petronio’s decision to stage the work on his company was fueled by his desire for America to see what he can do when he’s “funded and supported”--a comment he made in a recent interview in Time Out New York.

Inspired by the dark music of alternative Australian musician Nick Cave, the choreographer mixes classical technique with his signature ferocious sequential style in the New York premiere. Petronio calls Underland an “subterranean, post-apocalyptic, subconscious kind of place,” unraveling in a series of solos, duets and ensemble sequences to reveal a sophisticated world of hope and despair.

The Stephen Petronio Company in Underland with music by Nick Cave, video and lighting design by Mike Daly and Ken Tabachnick and costumes by Tara Subkoff/Imitation of Christ closes Sunday, April 10, 2011 at The Joyce Theater in New York, NY.
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