For 30 years, New York choreographer Stephen Petronio has been pushing his distinctly virtuosic movement language to new realms of experimentation. Known for his bold, kinetic works and adventurous collaborations, Petronio’s unique language has spoken to the intuitive possibilities of the body within the shifting sphere of the cultural moment for the past 30 years.
To celebrate the Stephen Petronio Company’s 30-year anniversary, we’re calling on you to help us meet our 30/30/30 challenge: we need to raise $30,000 in the next 30 days to celebrate our last 30 years of work, and launch us forward into the next 30.
In our 30 years of creating work, the Stephen Petronio Company has built a giant community of friends and supporters. With this campaign, we’re all coming together to ask for your help. Over the next 30 days, we’ll be featuring a different member of our family every day—friends, dancers, funders, presenters, collaborators, critics, and more—who all have something to say about why the company is important to them. We hope you’ll tune in (click on the updates tab at the top upper left of the page) to hear their stories, and share your own in the comments section!
Video from Clams Casino, Petronio's musical collaborator on the upcoming dance LOCOMOTOR, world premiering at our 30th anniversary season.
Described by The New York Times as “One of the few contemporary dance makers who have created an instantly recognizable style…fresh and unpredictable…infused with emotional texture and wit,” Petronio’s 30th anniversary season offers new and past works that are true to form.
The centerpiece of the company's season is the premiere of Locomotor, featuring an original score by electronic hip-hop innovator Clams Casino, whose genre-defying output has been attracting attention and accolades since he started making music in 2006. With costumes by fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez and lighting by Ken Tabachnick, Locomotor addresses the elemental act of bodies traveling—extreme locomotive states that cast the dancers in a careening mix of action forward and backward through time and space. In this work, Petronio’s interests in gender and form, visible throughout the Company’s history, collide with a starkly immediate present.
Additionally, the Stephen Petronio Company will be premiering a new solo performed by Stephen Petronio—Stripped, featuring a visual element by Janine Antoni. Stripped pairs Petronio's raw, visceral movement language with Phillip Glass’s moody rumination Étude no. 5. Glass’s études are striking musical studies and Petronio aims to unfurl his instinctive choreographic mind through the musical gem offered by his renowned colleague.
Whether you’ve been an avid supporter for the past 30 years or are new to our family this year, we need your support to make our 30th anniversary season a huge success, and kick off the next 30 years of work together. Please consider making a donation today, and helping us meet our 30/30/30 challenge!
To thank you for your donations, we have some incredible prizes lined up for you. Private dances, an advance chapter or signed copy of Stephen’s upcoming book Confessions of a Motion Addict, original artwork by Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, Stephen Hannock, and more! Take a look below!
**Please Note!** The Stephen Petronio Company is a 501-c3 not for profit organization. If you would like your donation to the company to be 100% tax deductible, please select the "no reward" option when you select your prize, and we will process it as such. Donations to this kickstarter that receive prizes are not tax-deductible.
30/30/30 Private Dances
Made exclusively for this campaign, the private dances are moving portraits--imagined and real--part autobiographical and part fantasy that paint an up-to-now unseen side of each performer. They are a little glimpse into their most private world. Performed by Stephen Petronio Company dancers Davalois Fearon, Josh D Green, Gino Grenek, Barrington Hinds, Natalie Mackessy, Jaqlin Medlock, Nicholas Sciscione, Emily Stone, Joshua Tuason, and Julian DeLeon.
Confessions of a Motion Addict by Stephen Petronio
Follow the gritty and uncensored journey of one of dance’s most celebrated artists as he navigates the tumultuous world of art, sex, and drugs in this stunning memoir. A portrait of a life lived on the edge, Confessions of a Motion Addict explores author Stephen Petronio’s tumultuous upbringing and subsequent awakening to the worlds of art, sex, and the dangerous compulsions that often haunt artists of every genre.
Risks and challenges
Once this kickstarter receives funding, we still have a number of challenges to face to make our 30th anniversary season a success. Our total fundraising goal for this season is $163,000—this Kickstarter will raise $30,000 of that, and we’ve already raised an additional $60,000, which leaves us with $73,000 to raise through individual donations and our upcoming Gala in April.
This season also presents us with a number of other milestones: we’ll be launching a new online audience engagement platform, presenting a full season at the Joyce in April, and touring a number of works across the US. We have a sizable amount of work ahead of us, but we know that if we’re able to raise 30K with this Kickstarter we’ll be in an incredible position to meet these challenges and present our most successful season to date!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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