“Creep,” Stephen Petronio Company (2007). (Photo: Sarah Silver)
Stephen Petronio, a legendary New York City dancer and choreographer, brings a compilation of famed dance pieces to La Mama this week and weekend.
Punk Picks and Other Delights revives a series of iconic solos and duets from Petronio’s formative days coming up in the East Village. Showcasing a series of collaborations from the ’80s and ’90s, the program includes solos from Full Half Wrong (1993), Petronio’s version of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, with costumes by Leigh Bowery, and Love Me Tender (1993) set to Elvis Presley, performed by the Bessie-nominated performer Nicholas Sciscione. Music from The Stranglers, Yoko Ono, Suede, Thom York, Anonhi and Rufus Wainwright will also be on hand as inspirations to the fun. The program’s dancers include Larissa Asebedo, Kris Lee, Jaqlin Medlock, Tess Montoya, Tiffany Ogburn, Ryan Pliss, Nicholas Sciscione, and Mac Twining.
“Growing up in the East Village,” Stephen Petronio shared, “La MaMa was a foundational part of my artistic journey. It is a fitting place to mark our return to the stage. These revivals, reconstructions, and reimaginings are bringing us back together.”
Considered one of the leading talents of his generation, Petronio’s work is a collision of provocative new music, visual art, and fashion, producing modern landscapes for the senses. These solos and duets are golden keys to understanding his aesthetic. Petronio creates a haven for dancers with a keen interest in the history of contemporary movement and an appetite for the unknown.
This invigorating production runs from November 18–21, 2021, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. All performances are at La MaMa, located at 66 East 4th Street in New York City. Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and day-of tickets are $30 for adults or $25 for students and seniors. Tickets and the full program are available here.