Joyce Theater


American Dance Platform 2019


Works Performed: Hardness 10 and Excerpt from Goldberg Variations

About the Company

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Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed throughout the world, performed 24 seasons at The Joyce Theater in New York City, and has been commissioned by some of the world's most prestigious modern and ballet companies. 

In 2015, the Company began Bloodlines, a project of Stephen Petronio Company to honor and curate a lineage of American postmodern dance masters. Distinguished for creating original languages that embody the highest level of artistic excellence, these artists have had a profound impact on Petronio’s own artistic path. To date, the Company has restaged eleven works, by Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Anna Halprin, Yvonne Rainer, Rudy Perez, and Steve Paxton, with plans to incorporate others in the coming seasons. 

In 2016, Stephen Petronio Company began considering its impact on the future and sustainability of this most ephemeral art form by establishing the Petronio Residency Center (PRC) as a retreat center where research and the creative process are paramount. The site, called Crow’s Nest, is a 175-acre property just outside of Catskill. Paid artist residencies began in the summer of 2018, providing dedicated space and resources to artists to develop new work in an environment unfettered by market constraints and the pressures of urban life. The program will become part of a growing ecosystem in the U.S. dedicated to fostering a model for the future of contemporary dance. 

Latest Works

The Company’s most recent project is a limited edition book titled In Absentia, featuring entries from Stephen's personal journals written in quarantine paired with never before seen studio and behind-the-scenes photos by Sarah Silver and Grant Friedman in anticipation of their 2020 Joyce season that was preempted by Covid-19. The book is available to order at

Stephen Petronio Company has been developing material for a new iteration of New Prayer for Now, a full company work scored improvisation that invites the local community to participate in the final performance. SPC is also translating Stephen's latest dance film, Are You Lonesome Tonight (2020) into a proscenium stage work, and choreographing a new solo for SPC dancer, Nicholas Sciscione. The 2019 work titled American Landscapes is also available in both video and proscenium format. The Petronio Residency Center, an artist retreat in Upstate New York, has been hosting bubble residencies for dance artists from the community to safely develop new work while studios remain closed. 

Funding Credits

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The Joyce Theater's American Dance Platform is dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance.  Theodore S. Bartwink was a Joyce Theater Foundation Trustee from 1993 to 2014.

Major support for The Joyce’s presentation of the American Dance Platform has been provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.