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2016/17

Dear Friends,

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 premiering the brand new duet Bridge-maker (with dancer-extraordinaire Megan Williams) at BAM Fisher in March. This past May, Seven Circles, a work I created on the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble was premiered at the Hopkins Center in New Hampshire. This past September, Megan and I performed Bridge-maker for four nights at the Soaking WET Dance Festival at the West End Theater in New York City.

My 2nd foray into collaborating with a visual artist/photographer using projected images, culminated last June 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. The most exciting event to report for the coming year is the creation of a new evening length work. Jumping off the success of Riparius (belonging to the river), photographer George Del Barrio and I will continue our collaborative experiments by crafting one final work, to complete our projected trilogy. Where Time I Know’s projected imagery focused on photographs of the body, and Riparius (belonging to the river)) looked at architecture, this new work will explore 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. Performances will be at the Gowanus Loft, premiering June, 2018.

I am as devoted as ever to educational outreach and continue to work with the 5th 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 at Dartmouth College. I am also delighted to be the choreographer for The Juilliard School’s newest Opera production, Cracked Orlando, which will be performed in March 2017. I will return once again to Princeton University as Lecturer in Dance at the Lewis Center for the Arts where I have created a new Dance in Education course, and I am celebrating my 12th year on faculty at The New School. Finally, I’m thrilled to announce that the book I’ve been writing with the brilliant Fran Kirmser, A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide, will be published and available on Amazon, fall of 2017.

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

*Please make checks out to Rebecca Stenn/PerksDanceMusicTheatre, Inc and send them to:
Rebecca Stenn Company
425 West 24th Street 1B
New York, NY 10011