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Rebecca Stenn and Ben Munisteri: "Chopped and Screwed" at The JOYCE SOHO, JUNE 11 - 14, 2009

by Sarah Hart
June 11, 2009
Joyce Soho
155 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012
Rebecca Stenn and Ben Munisteri: Chopped and Screwed will be performing a special New York City engagement June 11 – 14, 2009 at The Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer Street, NYC. For the program the music is by Mirah and the Spectratone International, with lighting design by Kathy Kaufman, sound by Jay Weissman and costumes tba.

New York City based choreographers Ben Munisteri and Rebecca Stenn have collaborated, with their companies, to create an evening entitled "CHOPPED AND SCREWED." What they will present is not a typical shared evening where each company contributes their own works, instead Munisteri and Stenn remix the other's choreography to create an alchemy of utterly surprising and unpredictable work. The rules they set out for their program are: each choreographer starts by creating a ten minute dance. Subsequently, the other choreographer (who is not allowed to make up any new vocabulary) remixes the original material to make something entirely new (the way a DJ would, in a mash-up). The choreographer can of course change the costumes, decor, music and lights. What comes out of the process are 6 different world premieres, all subtley connected.

Rebecca Stenn was a principal dancer with Momix Dance Theatre from 1989 - 1996, performing in over 30 countries and throughout the U.S. and appeared as a featured performer in films for Italian, Spanish and French television. She is a founding member of Pilobolus Too, with whom she toured throughout the world from 1996 - 2002. She founded Rebecca Stenn Company in 1996, and they have since performed to critical acclaim and sold out houses in over 19 states and internationally including such venues as The Copenhagen Festival, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop, World Financial Center, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Philadelphia's Annenberg Center, Wortham Theater in Houston as well as The Waterfront Festival, in Ontario, Canada, St. Louis, New Orleans, at The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and many others. The company has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, The Joyce Theater Residency, Mary Flager Cary Charitable Trust, American Music Center Live Music for Dance Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. Ms. Stenn has been a contributing editor at Dance Magazine and the Dance Insider. She is a teaching artist for The Joyce Theater, continues to teach residencies at the Lincoln Center Open Stages Program, and is on faculty at The New School University as Choreographer in Residence. www.rebeccastenncompany.com.

Ben Munisteri Dance Projects—comprised of six dancers—has toured internationally and received many grant awards, funding support, and critical praise. Recent tours and new dances were subsidized by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the National Performance Network. The company has enjoyed recent home seasons presented by the Joyce Theater, Central Park SummerStage, Dance Theater Workshop, the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS 122, Danspace Project, and Dance New Amsterdam. Supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the company has recently toured to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, MASS MoCA, University of California Santa Cruz's Arts & Lectures series, Juniata College, Celebrate Brooklyn, Florida Dance Festival, and other venues. Munisteri has won grant awards from the Jerome Foundation, the National Dance Project, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the National Performance Network, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Heyday Foundation, and others. www.munisteri.com

Performances are Thursday - Sunday at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $18 (general admission) and $15 for students; through JoyceCharge (212) 242-0800 and www.joyce.org.
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