I’m delighted to share with you all the adventures Rebecca Stenn Company has had this past year, but first, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on and appreciate the generosity of our patrons. You make all of this possible and for that we are most grateful.
In the last year, Rebecca Stenn Company performed to critical acclaim at theaters in New York City and throughout the country. I had the honor of performing an excerpt from my evening length solo, Time I Know, at 92nd street Y in April. This past March, the opera I choreographed at The Juilliard School, Cracked Orlando, had its premiere at the Willson Theater as part of Juilliard’s Center for Innovation in the Arts. In May, two works I created on the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble were premiered at the Hopkins Center in New Hampshire, and a new piece I created for The New School, was premiered at New York Live Arts in New York City.
My 2nd foray into collaborating with a visual artist/photographer using projected images, culminated in June, 2015 in the full company work, Riparius (belonging to the river), a collaborative piece with photographic images, dance and live music. The piece was commissioned by the Gowanus Loft, a gallery/performance space in Brooklyn, that has presented much of the most original, technologically innovative work in the region. Jumping off the success of Riparius, photographer George Del Barrio and I will continue our collaborative experiments by crafting one final work, to complete our trilogy. This new evening length piece will explore both Camera Obscura projections and the form of the duet; how two people moving together on stage hold between them a microcosm of the way we interact, and live and love. This new work will be performed by Quinn Dixon, Trebien Pollard, Rebecca Stenn, Raven White and Megan Williams, with lighting by Kathy Kaufmann. Performances will be at the Gowanus Loft, July, 12 -15, 2018.
I am as devoted as ever to educational outreach and continue to work with the 5th to 7th graders at PS 7 in East Harlem, as part of the I Have A Dream Program. This year I’m once again Choreographer in Residence with the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble. I am also delighted to announce that I have been appointed as an adjunct professor at Dartmouth College. I will return to Princeton University as Lecturer in Dance at the Lewis Center for the Arts and I am celebrating my 13th year on faculty at The New School. Finally, I’m thrilled to announce that the book I’ve been working on with the brilliant Fran Kirmser, A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide, has been published and is available on Amazon. We were elated when the Village Voice recently gave the book a glowing review. Elizabeth Zimmer writes, “Especially timely and appealing...a remarkably clean, readable volume…eloquent and startling.” The Village Voice
Thank you for all of your support this past year. As we prepare for our new projects, anything you might be able to contribute will help us to continue to produce the highest level of work possible and to bring our work to both underserved audiences and the general public. Your contribution to the company is entirely tax- deductible to the full extent of the law.
With heartfelt thanks and most sincerely,
Rebecca Stenn – Artistic Director
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