December 8 - December 10
in collaboration with Danspace Project
December 8, 9, 10, 2022 | 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Church
An evening of new work by early career choreographers including Davalois Fearon, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Tendayi Kuumba & Greg Purnell (ÜFLY Mothership), and masterworks from established choreographers Steve Paxton and Stephen Petronio.
Tendayi Kuumba & Greg Purnell (ÜFLY Mothership) delve into the conflict of technology vs. nature, the analytical vs. the spiritual with The Adventures of Mr. Left Brain and Ms. Right. Davalois Fearon’s Finding Herstory pays homage to Africanist dance forms that have contributed to the American dance landscape and shaped Fearon as an artist. Developing over the three evenings, Johnnie Cruise Mercer conjures his final “process memoir,” marking the end of a six year process with Process memoir 7 (Vol 8): ‘back to love.’
Initially conceived as a moving meditation filmed during the COVID-19 lockdown, Stephen Petronio’s New New Prayer For Now is a bold and visceral dialogue between bodies, space and the viewer’s eye, made in collaboration with composer/performance artist Monstah Black. Stephen Petronio Company will also reconstruct the 1982 score for Steve Paxton’s Jag Vill Gärna Telefonera (I Would Like to Make a Phone Call), which premiered at Danspace the same year.
In 2014, Stephen Petronio Company launched Bloodlines to preserve a lineage of postmodern dance artists who have inspired Petronio’s career as a dance maker. In 2019, the Company expanded this initiative to include Bloodlines(future), which addresses lineage by commissioning new works by early-career dancemakers as a means of broadening the definition of influence and extending the on-stage dialogue between postmodern choreographers.
Photos left to right: (1) Stephen Petronio Company by Julie Lemberger. (2) Davalois Fearon by Anya Kress. (3) ÜFLY Mothership. (4) Johnnie Cruise Mercer by Grant Friedman.