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Stephen Petronio Company is proud to announce the “Virtual Bloodlines Festival,” a three week long digital happening showcasing the work of postmodern dance masters Trisha BrownMerce CunninghamAnna HalprinSteve PaxtonRudy Perez, and Yvonne Rainer. Running October 23 –November 12, 2020, the online festival will feature screenings of work from Stephen Petronio Company’s Bloodlines, which began in 2015 and has since restaged 11 iconic dances.

These masterpieces have irrevocably marked the American postmodern dance landscape and have had a particular impact on Petronio’s own thinking. The screenings will be coupled with interviews and insightful dialogues with guests Davalois FearonDeborah JowittWendy PerronYvonne Rainer, and dancers who have embodied these restagings. The festival opens on October 23 at 7pm with a program dedicated to the work of Yvonne Rainer and Steve Paxton and will include Rainers’s Diagonal (1963), Trio A with Flags (1966/1970), and Chair Pillow (1969), in addition to Paxton’s Jag Vill Gärna Telefonera (1964/1982).

A conversation between Deborah Jowitt, Yvonne Rainer, and Stephen Petronio will complete the program. The work of Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham are the focus of the October 30 at 7pm program which includes Brown’s Glacial Decoy (1979) and Cunningham’s RainForest (1968). Following the screening, Wendy Perron, Davalois Fearon,  and Stephen Petronio will discuss the works. The third and final week of the Virtual Bloodlines Festival begins on November 6 at 7pm and features Rudy Perez’s Coverage Revisited (1970) along with Anna Halprin’s Courtesan and the Crone (1999). Wendy Perron will again join Stephen Petronio in conversation.

Following each premiere, the video will remain online for one week only. Archives related to the original works and Petronio performances will be available four days in advance of each video premiere and can be found at for the duration of the festival. Stephen Petronio Company Education Director, Tess Montoya, will also lead a session of master classes, one each week of the festival, focusing on Steve Paxton’s Jag Vill Gärna Telefonera involving improvisational techniques that culminate in a solo creation.  “Having these masterpieces as part of the repertory of Stephen Petronio Company is an honor and responsibility that I hold dear,” says Stephen Petronio. “My hope is that the Virtual Bloodlines Festival brings new audiences to a group of choreographers that run through my DNA. Their artistry continues to speak boldly to the present moment.” While the Virtual Bloodlines Festival is open to everyone, advance registration is required and donations are encouraged. Sponsorship levels will give viewers access to additional exclusive content. Please visit for more information.