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Dance Umbrella presents
STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY
UK Tour Spring 2004
16 April – 8 May: Sheffield, Brighton, Nottingham, Dundee and Snape
New York’s Stephen Petronio Company returns to tour the UK for the first time since 1997 with a triple bill of new work, dubbed by Petronio as his ‘Gotham Suite’.
As always, Stephen Petronio's work assaults all the senses with powerfully modern landscapes, combining intensely physical choreography with vivid sound and visual design. Started before but influenced by the tragedy of September 11th, City of Twist paints a series of archetypal portraits in a charged and shifting landscape inspired by life in New York City, with the rhythm of urban humanity at its heart. City of Twist features an original score by music and live art legend Laurie Anderson and costume design by Tara Subkoff of Imitation of Christ.
The Island of Misfit Toys is set to music from the personal song catalogue of experimental rock icon Lou Reed with visual design by influentual artist Cindy Sherman. The programme also includes Broken Man, Petronio’s first solo since 1996, set to music by Blixa Bargeld.
Collaborating with some of the most talented and provocative artists in the world, Stephen Petronio has built an accomplished body of work, integrating new music, visual art and high fashion to great effect. Petronio has collaborated with visual artists Cindy Sherman, Anish Kapoor, Donald Baechler, Stephen Hannock, Justin Terzi, Charles Atlas, Tal Yarden and Trisha Fox; composers Michael Nyman, James Lavelle, Wire, Yoko Ono, Beastie Boys, Diamanda Galás, Sheila Chandra, Lenny Pickett, and on numerous works with David Linton; fashion designers Imitation of Christ, Leigh Bowery, Manolo, Paul Compitus and Tanya Sarne/Ghost; and long time collaborator and lighting designer Ken Tabachnick.
STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY UK Tour Schedule
Fri 16 – Sat 17 April Lyceum SHEFFIELD 0114 249 6000
Tue 20 - Wed 21 April Corn Exchange BRIGHTON 01273 709 709
Fri 23 – Sat 24 April Playhouse NOTTINGHAM 0115 941 9419
Fri 30 April & Sat 1 May The Space, DUNDEE 01382 834 934 (TBC)
Fri 7 – Sat 8 May Snape Maltings Concert Hall 01728 687 110
This Stephen Petronio Company UK Tour 2004 is presented and managed by Dance Umbrella.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The first male dancer in the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Stephen Petronio danced with Brown from 1979-1986. In addition to choreographing for his own company, which he founded in 1984, Petronio has created dances for Ricochet Dance Company, Ballett Frankfurt, Rotterdam Dance Company, Lyon Opera Ballet and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Stephen Petronio first appeared in Dance Umbrella 83 with the Trisha Brown Company.
Dance Umbrella was founded in 1978 with the aim of reflecting and encouraging the burgeoning interest in contemporary dance in Britain. From modest beginnings as a showcase for emerging choreographers, Dance Umbrella’s annual London festival now ranks highly among Europe’s leading international dance festivals and the organisation is recognised as one of Britain’s most adventurous dance promoters.
Under Val Bourne’s artistic direction, Dance Umbrella has been responsible for introducing into this country some of the greatest international contemporary dance companies as well as nurturing, promoting and sponsoring some of the best of British modern dance. In 2003 Dance Umbrella celebrated its 25th Anniversary and Val Bourne recently received an award for excellence in dance from ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) and was awarded the Critics’ Circle Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.