As Dance Umbrella celebrates its 25th year with five weeks of
stellar performances, New York dance legend Stephen Petronio, an
Umbrella favorite, talks to DONALD HUTERA about his collaborations
with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Cindy Sherman.
Dance Umbrella, Britain’s biggest and longest-standing dance festival, is a
quarter-century young this autumn. To mark the anniversary, Artistic Director Val Bourne is pulling out all the stops at venues across London. Although the South Bank Centre is involved in just one of the festival’s five weeks, it’s bagged some of the festival’s best performances for the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The festival line-up includes world premieres by Dance Umbrella regulars Stephen Petronio and Russell Maliphant, plus Silver Celebration – a unique retrospective event that places talent from both sides of the Big Pond in a collective spotlight. performed in the very first Umbrella in 1978) and long-time New York couple David Gordon and Valda Setterfield. Another Manhattanite, Stephen Petronio, is an undisputed Umbrella favourite. click for more