“Locomotor/Non Locomotor,” “RainForest”
Stephen Petronio Company
New York, NY
April 8, 2015
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2015 by Martha Sherman
Stephen Petronio Company has been performing his work for 30 years, and though it is still crisp and fresh, he’s chosen this year to begin a new five-year project, called “Bloodlines,” to set the work of his masters on the company dancers, as well as his own. The first program showed a new work, “Locomotor/Non Locomotor,” with Merce Cunningham’s cool, magical “RainForest.” In his pre-curtain speech, Petronio admitted that this was the first time he’d staged the work of another artist – and that it was the first staging of “RainForest” that had been done by a contemporary American company other than Cunningham’s. It was a felicitous pair of firsts. His choice of guest artist, the Cunningham-trained Melissa Toogood, was inspired, in both works, as well.
Joshua Tuason and Melissa Toogood in “Locomotor/Non Locomotor.” Photo © Yi-Chun Wu.