Stephen Petronio CompanyJun 29 7:30pm

St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway
Co-presented with The Joyce Theater with additional project support from Trinity Wall Street

Inspired by the mythology of resurrection, Petronio and his powerhouse dancers explore notions of transformation and rebirth in this re-staging of their recent world premiere Like Lazarus Did sited for River To River in Lower Manhattan’s oldest surviving church, St. Paul’s Chapel. Petronio’s work has been described by The New York Times as delivering a trademark “visceral thrill unlike anything offered by other contemporary choreographers.” Featuring his rich, kinetic movement language, (LLD 6/29) is created in collaboration with renowned visual artist Janine Antoni, and composer Son Lux. The original electro-acoustic score, including live performance by members of The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, draws from a range of spiritual music and texts, including early American slave songs and meditative drones of Eastern mysticism.


Stephen Petronio, born in Newark, NJ, is a choreographer and the Artistic Director of Stephen Petronio Company. Petronio began dancing in 1974 and was the first male dancer of the Trisha Brown Company (1979-1986). The Stephen Petronio Company was founded in 1984 and has performed in 26 countries throughout the world, including over 35 New York City engagements with 16 seasons at The Joyce Theater. 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. He has received numerous accolades, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as 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. In October 2012, Petronio was selected to be The Joyce Theater’s first Artist-in-Residence for a two year period. Petronio holds a B.A. from Hampshire College.

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 and will be in residence for a two-year period.

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Like Lazarus Did is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MetLife Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Original music for Like Lazarus Did was commissioned through New Music USA’s Commissioning Music/USA program, which is made possible by generous support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs as well as endowment support from The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Helen F. Whitaker Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust.

Like Lazarus Did was created in part with the support of The Joyce Theater Foundation’s Artist-In-Residence initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Flying Ranch Residency Program, with funding from the Wellik Foundation, The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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This presentation is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.