Co-Presented with Fieldwork Marfa
Saturday, May 27, Crowley Theater
Video by David Fenster
A dancer who has worked intimately with Halprin, Stephen Petronio, founder of the Stephen Petronio Company and an alumnus of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, performed her choreography on Saturday, May 27, at 8pm in the Crowley Theater.
Petronio’s solo performance in Marfa is part of the Stephen Petronio Company’s multi-year initiative BLOODLINES, which showcases interconnected histories of American postmodern dance through the re-staging of works by iconic choreographers who have influenced the group’s eponymous dancer. At Crowley Theater, Petronio stages The Courtesan and The Crone (1999), a work Anna Halprin developed to address her own aging body in relation to traditional Western concepts of beauty, as part of this broad-reaching exploration of influence. Simple gestures of performative femininity, flirtation, and fear transgress stereotypical gender lines in a solo dance passed from one choreographer to another.
Marfa Live Arts and Marfa Sounding: Anna Halprin are generously supported by Beaux-Arts Nantes, City of Marfa, FACE Foundation’s the Partner University Fund, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the 2017 Season Sponsors. Education programs supported by Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation. In countless ways Pierre-Jean Galdin, Ida Soulard, and the entire Fieldwork: Marfa team were instrumental in moving this project forward.