The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago will welcome back Stephen Petronio Company (SPC) this season presenting the most recent installment in its “Bloodlines” project, featuring work by Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown and Petronio.

”Bloodlines” is “an initiative to honor an incomparable lineage of American postmodern masters.” During the next five years, SPC will perform iconic choreography from a family tree that straddles the 20th and 21st centuries alongside new creations by Petronio. In each case, SPC will be the first contemporary American company to perform these works outside the original choreographers’ companies.

For its Chicago performances, SPC will present the post-New York City premiere of a program including Glacial Decoy by Trisha Brown, with visual design by Robert Rauschenberg; RainForest by Merce Cunningham, with music by David Tudor and visual design by Andy Warhol; and Petronio’s Non Locomotor, with an original musical score by hip-hop artists Clams Casino featuring vocal elements by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. These performances will give Chicago audiences the first opportunity to see these works performed by a company other than the companies that originated them.

Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed in 26 countries throughout the world. Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation. New music, visual art and fashion often collide in his dances, producing powerfully modern landscapes for the senses. He has created more than 35 works for his company and has been commissioned by some of the world’s most prestigious modern and ballet companies.

Performances are slated for October 1–3, 2015 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. For more information or for tickets, call 312-369-8330 or visit

Stephen Petronio Company (photo by Sarah Silver) .

Stephen Petronio Company Returning to Dance Center This Fall