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Stephen Petronio Company

October 1, 2 & 3, 2015 | 7:30 PM  

“…elegance and rigorous training with fierce attack…”
New York Magazine

“The Bloodlines project is as admirable as it is ambitious…”
The New York Times

Stephen Petronio’s most recent project is Bloodlines, “an initiative to honor an incomparable lineage of American postmodern masters.” During the next five years, the New York-based company will perform iconic choreography from a family tree that straddles the 20th and 21st centuries alongside new creations by Petronio. For its Chicago program, the company performs Glacial Decoy (1979) by Trisha Brown, with visual design by Robert Rauschenberg, and RainForest (1968) by Merce Cunningham, with music by David Tudor and visual design by Andy Warhol.  Stephen Petronio Company is the first contemporary American company to perform these works outside the original choreographers’ companies. Also on the program is Petronio’s Non Locomotor (2015) with an original musical score by Clams Casino, featuring vocal elements by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

Additional Events

Post-Performance Conversation                   

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Pre-Performance Talk with STEPHEN PETRONIO

Friday, October 2, 2015 | 6:30PM
Sherwood School Recital Hall | Next door to the Dance Center @ 1312 S Michigan Ave

Reading & Tony Orrico Performance: Petronio's Confessions of a Motion Addict

Saturday, October 3, 2015 | 2 - 4PM
Defibrillator Performance Gallery | 1463 W. Chicago Ave.,  Chicago

Hear Stephen Petronio read from his new book Confessions of a Motion Addict in a special event at Defibrillator Performance Gallery.  Called "a stunning portrait of a life lived on the edge," Confessions of a Motion Addict "explores author Stephen J. Petronio’s tumultuous upbringing and subsequent awakening to the worlds of art, sex, and the dangerous compulsions that often haunt artists of every genre.”   Stephen will read while former Trisha Brown dancer Tony Orrico performs an eight-hour durational performance transforming an enormous piece of paper using his teeth.  Stephen’s book will be available as well for purchase and he will be available to autograph copies.




$30 / $24 Seniors