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 Post subject: Rebecca Stenn and Ben Munisteri: “Chopped and Screwed”
PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:35 pm 

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For Immediate Release
(March 09):

Rebecca Stenn and Ben Munisteri: “Chopped and Screwed”
JUNE 11 - 14, 2009 at The JOYCE SOHO

Rebecca Stenn and Ben Munisteri: Chopped and Screwed will be performing a
special New York City engagement June 11 – 14, 2009 at The Joyce SoHo, 155
Mercer Street, NYC. For the program the music is by Mirah and the Spectratone
International, with lighting design by Kathy Kaufman, sound by Jay Weissman and
costumes tba.
New York City based choreographers Ben Munisteri and Rebecca Stenn have
collaborated, with their companies, to create an evening entitled “CHOPPED AND
SCREWED.” What they will present is not a typical shared evening where each
company contributes their own works, instead Munisteri and Stenn remix the
other's choreography to create an alchemy of utterly surprising and unpredictable
work. The rules they set out for their program are: each choreographer
starts by creating a ten minute dance. Subsequently, the other choreographer (who
is not allowed to make up any new vocabulary) remixes the original material
to make something entirely new (the way a DJ would, in a mash-up). The
choreographer can of course change the costumes, decor, music and lights. What comes
out of the process are 6 different world premieres, all subtley connected.
Rebecca Stenn was a principal dancer with Momix Dance Theatre from 1989 -
1996, performing in over 30 countries and throughout the U.S. and appeared as a
featured performer in films for Italian, Spanish and French television. She
is a founding member of Pilobolus Too, with whom she toured throughout the
world from 1996 - 2002. She founded Rebecca Stenn Company in 1996, and they
have since performed to critical acclaim and sold out houses in over 19 states
and internationally including such venues as The Copenhagen Festival, The
Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Symphony Space, Dance Theater
Workshop, World Financial Center, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, Jacob’s Pillow
Dance Festival, Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center, Wortham Theater in Houston as
well as The Waterfront Festival, in Ontario, Canada, St. Louis, New Orleans,
at The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and many others. The
company has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York
State Council for the Arts, The Joyce Theater Residency, Mary Flager Cary
Charitable Trust, American Music Center Live Music for Dance Fund, and the
Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. Ms. Stenn has been a contributing editor at Dance
Magazine and the Dance Insider. She is a teaching artist for The Joyce
Theater, continues to teach residencies at the Lincoln Center Open Stages Program,
and is on faculty at The New School University as Choreographer in Residence.
_www.rebeccastenncompany.com_ ( .
Ben Munisteri Dance Projects—comprised of six dancers—has toured
internationally and received many grant awards, funding support, and critical
Recent tours and new dances were subsidized by the National Dance Project of
the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation,
and the National Performance Network. The company has enjoyed recent home
seasons presented by the Joyce Theater, Central Park SummerStage, Dance Theater
Workshop, the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS 122, Danspace Project, and
Dance New Amsterdam. Supported by grants from the National Endowment for the
Arts and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the company has recently toured to
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, MASS MoCA, University of California Santa Cruz’
s Arts & Lectures series, Juniata College, Celebrate Brooklyn, Florida Dance
Festival, and other venues. Munisteri has won grant awards from the Jerome
Foundation, the National Dance Project, the New York Foundation for the Arts,
the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the National Performance Network,
Harkness Foundation for Dance, Heyday Foundation, and others. _www.munisteri.com_

Performances are Thursday - Sunday at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $18 (general
admission) and $15 for students; through JoyceCharge (212) 242-0800 and
_www.joyce.org_ ( .

Press Representative: KPM Associates/Kevin P. McAnarney (212) 581-3836
phone & fax
301 West 45th Street Suite # 9 - D New York, NY 10036

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