Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Stephen Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation. New music, visual art and fashion collide in his dances, producing powerfully modern landscapes for the senses. Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed in 26 countries throughout the world, including over 35 New York City engagements.

Bloodlines is a five-year project that began in 2015 to celebrate the Petronio Company’s 30th anniversary. Previous seasons have included works by Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton and Anna Halprin — as well as Trisha Brown, whose company Mr. Petronio danced with from 1979 to 1986.” (New York Times)

To learn more, read Lise Friedman’s Indefinite Article on Bloodlines. 

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Interview: Monique Erickson for Reserved Magazine

Bloodlines is a way of honoring the people who opened the door for me, as a creator.

March 21, 2018

Review: Brittney Feit for the Village Voice

Petronio could hardly be more forcefully implementing his choreographic inspirations from the past to address the current cultural moment of female empowerment.

Making Memory

How do you write dance? Systems of dance notation have preoccupied dancers, choreographers and scholars: dig into some of the ways dance notation has developed to meet the needs of different artists. How does Petronio’s Bloodlines series contribute to the preservation of choreography?

Plus, learn about choreography archives & preservations with resources from the International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography.

Anna Heyward | the Paris Review

How to Write a Dance

How do you tell a person in another place or time what a dance looks like, and how it should be performed? You could use words, describing, second by second, the movements made by every dancer on stage—but inaccuracies would creep in.

Rebecca J. Ritzel | Chronicle of Higher Education

Dance Preservation is a Moving Target

How do you preserve a fleeting, ephemeral art form like dance? There’s no musical score, there’s no written text, and no painting to encase safely behind glass.

Arthur Lubow | New York Times

Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?

Dance is the most fragile of the arts. Happening in the moment, it evaporates after every rendering. Unlike drama and music, which also unfold in time, dance is not dictated by a written script or score.

Get Thee to a Library

Readings to complement Lise Friedman’s Indefinite Article

Ramsay Burt, Judson Dance Theater. Routledge, 2006.

Roger Copeland, Merce Cunningham: The Modernizing of Modern Dance. Routledge, 2003.

Adrian Heathfield,  ALLY: Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin, Stephen Petronio.  Hirmer Publishers, 2018.

Rudi Laermans, Moving Together: Making and Theorizing Contemporary Dance. Valiz/Antennae Series, 2015.

Marc Strauss and Myron Howard Nadel, authors, Looking At Contemporary Dance: A Guide For The Internet Age. Princeton Book Company, 2012.

Extra Credit

The title Bloodlines invokes heritage: Petronio honors and lays claim to his artistic forebears, in excess of linear narratives of biological families that “bloodlines” traditionally trace.

Queer history is full of chosen families – not only because so many of us have been disowned, estranged, or kicked out of our families of origin. At the height of the AIDS crisis, many people with AIDS relied on intimate networks of friends, lovers and activists, rather than their families of origin for caretaking. Before this, the families in the ball scene provided homes and identities to homeless queer and trans youth.

These scenes from Paris is Burning reflect both the necessity of houses, and their value beyond a simple response to trauma: the joy, pride and support that they continue to provide to so many.