Stephen Petronio Company @ The Joyce (w/ Lou Reed, Antony, and Rufus Wainwright)

The Joyce

The Company’s Joyce program features the full-length premiere of This is the Story of a Girl in a World, a group of five related works set to songs and music by the extraordinary Antony, Lou Reed and Nico Muhly; the world premiere of Beauty and the Brut set to a commissioned score by art-rock band Fischerspooner; an encore performance of BLOOM (2006), set to a commissioned score by Rufus Wainwright, with the live accompaniment of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, under the direction of Francisco Nunez. Lighting design for all works is by Petronio’s longtime collaborator Ken Tabachnick and costumes for the evening include designs by fashion innovators Ben Cho, Michael Angel, Tara Subkoff,
Tony Cohen, and Rachel Roy.

Performances will take place at The Joyce Theater, April 1-6, 2008 (Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm). A post-performance discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street) in New York City. Tickets are $40, and in celebration of The Joyce’s 25th Anniversary Season, tickets to the Sunday evening performance are $25. Tickets can be purchased by calling JOYCECHARGE at (212) 242 0800 or online at

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The seductive voice of Antony Hegarty (Antony and The Johnsons) is the common thread in This is the Story of a Girl in a World – a group of five distinct yet interrelated works that explore blurred gender constructs. This is the Story…includes last season’s powerful For Today I am a Boy and the tender Bird Gerhl, as well as three new works – Candy Says, set to a new recording of Lou Reed’s classic song performed by Reed and Antony, in homage to Warhol superstar Candy Darling; Girl in a World, set to Nico Muhly’s complex and layered composition Keep in Touch (with vocals by Antony), and a singular passage danced in silence, inspired by photos of female icons who have used their bodies as their canvas, from major shakers of modern dance to luminaries of
performance art and burlesque.

The premiere of Beauty and the Brut is set to a commissioned score by New York Indie-rock duo Fischerspooner (Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner). This is a full Company work that focuses on the irrational attraction of opposites and odd, unlikely pairings that slide between the jaggedly raw and sensuously sleek.

The evening will be completed by an encore performance of BLOOM, a dance of transformation and awakening, set to a commissioned, recorded score by Rufus Wainwright singing the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman with live accompaniment of the Young People’s Chorus of New York– an award-winning and inspirational group of 44 singers, ages 12-17, under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Francisco Nunez. []