Joyce Theater

Stephen Petronio Company

May 13-26

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Through five dance works newly created or reimagined, Stephen Petronio Company presents a digital program expressing our collective longing for human connection and the unique ways a body in motion can transcend our current moment. All works were filmed on site at the Petronio Residency Center and Hudson Hall in upstate New York during a series of ‘bubble residencies.”

In two versions of a new duet set to Elvis Presley’s timeless song, Are You Lonesome Tonight toys with space and time as the two performers, Ryan Pliss and Mac Twining, dance through memories of being together. Experience the duet as both a dance film co-directed by Petronio and Blake Martin and its stage adaptation. 

Set to another iconic Elvis tune, a restaging of Petronio’s Love Me Tender (1993) stars Nicholas Sciscione and was originally created as a prelude to a collaboration with Cindy Sherman called The King is Dead. 

A work-in-progress debut, New Prayer For Now, features music by Monstah Black, inspired by Balm in Gilead by Harry Thacker Burleigh and Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon. This in-the-round work, adapted for both virtual and live performance, will eventually allow for virtual participation of dancers from multiple locations.

Rounding out the program, the company performs Trisha Brown’s Group Primary Accumulation (1973), marking the 12th restaged work and 7th season of Petronio’s Bloodlines. This autobiographical project not only honors the lineage of American postmodern dance, but also traces the influences and impulses that have shaped choreographer Stephen Petronio, an artist uniquely positioned to preserve this postmodern tradition. This variation of Brown’s Primary Accumulation is performed in unison by four dancers placed equidistant from each other in a diagonal from downstage to upstage.

Stephen Petronio presents In Absentia 

a unique book in collaboration with Sarah Silver and Rafael Weil, tracing Stephen Petronio Company's 2020 performance season that wasn’t.

Stephen Petronio Company is proud to offer Stephen's latest limited edition book, In Absentia, featuring entries from Stephen's personal journals written in quarantine at the Petronio Residency Center. The text is paired with never before seen studio and behind-the-scenes photos by Sarah Silver and Grant Friedman in anticipation of our 2020 Joyce season that was preempted by Covid-19. This is a rare opportunity to support Stephen Petronio Company as we battle uncertainty through daunting times.

Purchase In Abentia by Stephen Petronio and access the streaming for free.

Limited edition/100, Signed and Numbered. Price: $250.

Streaming On-Demand Thursday, May 13 at 8pm ET through Wednesday, May 26 at 11:59pm ET

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Leadership support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been provided by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.  

Leadership support for The Joyce’s presentation of dance is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  Leadership support for The Joyce's annual programming is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation.

Joyce programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Speaker Corey Johnson; and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  

Major support For The Joyce has been provided by Ford Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.  

Key support has been provided by First Republic Bank, GKV Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and its National Dance Project, and Jerome Robbins Foundation. 

Ticket Prices

Tickets are $25 per household. This performance will be available for streaming May 13-26.

All tickets can be purchased online. For questions, please call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. JoyceCharge is open noon-4pm Monday-Friday.