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Stephen Petronio will present “Locomotor / Non Locomotor” and Merce Cunningham’s “RainForest” at Brookfield Place on February 3 (photo by Sarah Silver)

Stephen Petronio will present “Locomotor / Non Locomotor” and Merce Cunningham’s “RainForest” at Brookfield Place on February 3

Who: Stephen Petronio Company
What: Free dance performances presented by Arts Brookfield
Where: Brookfield Place Winter Garden, 230 Vesey St.
When: Wednesday, February 3, free, 12:30 & 7:30
Why: On October 30, Stephen Petronio Company performed Luminous Mischief outdoors in Madison Square Park, interacting with the public under and around Teresita Fernández’s “Fata Morgana” installation. On February 3, New Jersey–born, Manhattan-based dancer and choreographer Stephen Petronio will lead his company into the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place for two special performances that serve as a kind of appetizer for its upcoming March season at the Joyce. At 12:30, the company will present the 2015 piece Locomotor / Non Locomotor, featuring choreography by Petronio, an original score by Clams Casino, vocal elements by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, costumes by Narciso Rodriguez, and lighting by Ken Tabachnick. At 7:30, SPC will perform Merce Cunningham’s 1968 work RainForest, set to live electronic music by David Tudor, with costumes by Andy Warhol and lighting by Aaron Copp, part of Petronio’s five-year “Bloodlines” series, paying homage to his postmodern dance influences. The company consists of Davalois Fearon, Kyle Filley, Gino Grenek, Cori Kresge, Jaqlin Medlock, Tess Montoya, Nicholas Sciscione, Emily Stone, and Joshua Tuason. “What a wonderful opportunity to perform some of our favorite works in a setting that finds an audience we rarely reach in Manhattan,” Petronio explained in a statement. “We’re happy to offer audiences the chance to see the company perform Locomotor / Non Locomotor and RainForest in an unusual space, before we launch our second season of ‘Bloodlines’ at the Joyce Theater on March 8.” The Joyce run includes Trisha Brown’s 1979 Glacial Decoy and Petronio’s 1990 MiddleSexGorge and the world premiere of Big Daddy Deluxe.

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