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5Mar/12

STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY

Julian De Leon and Joshua Tuason will perform in the world premiere of THE ARCHITECTURE OF LOSS (photo by Sarah Silver)

Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St.
March 6-11, $10-$69
212-645-2904
www.joyce.org
www.stephenpetronio.com

The New York City-based Stephen Petronio Company is known for its unusual collaborations and innovative choreography that shows off the sheer strength and beauty of its dancers. Last year at the Joyce, SPC performed Underland, an evening-length piece that was set to murder ballads by Nick Cave, while in 2010, Petronio put together old and new works set to tunes by Elvis Presley, Wire, Radiohead, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. This year SPC will present the world premiere of The Architecture of Loss, a coproduction with the Nordic House of the Faroe Islands that investigates formation and disintegration in an ever-morphing global society. The work features a score by Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson with contributions from Nico Muhly, costumes by Guðrun & Guðrun, lighting by Ken Tabachnick, and visual design by Rannvá Kunoy, with Sigurdsson, Nadia Sirota, and Shahzad Ismaily performing the score live. The program also includes the first-ever revival of Steve Paxton’s 1970 Intravenous Lecture, which examines censorship and will be performed by Petronio; 2002’s City of Twist, which pays homage to post-9/11 New York with music by Laurie Anderson and costumes by Tara Subkoff/Imitation of Christ; and an updated version of 2003’s Ethersketch I (March 6-9 only), a solo from Underland that has been reimagined for New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan. (Note: There will be a Dance Chat following the March 7 performance.)

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