(b Newark, NJ, 20 Mar. 1956)
US dancer, choreographer, and company director. He began his dance studies at college in Massachusetts, and then trained with Steve Paxton. In 1979 he joined Trisha Brown's company, her first male dancer, and remained there until 1986. He also founded his own company in 1984, for which he has since choreographed many works. From 1990 to 1992 he additionally collaborated with the British choreographer Michael Clark, co-choreographing a version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in 1991.
Petronio's own choreography bears the influence of his early training in its free flow of movement, but among its distinctive qualities are its speed and energy, its aggressive tension, and sometimes homoerotic sensibility. Many works are set to contemporary rock scores, and feature designs by contemporary artists. A list of his works includes No. 3 (1985), Walk-In (1986), Simulacrum Reels (1987), AnAmnesia (1988), MiddleSex Gorge (mus. Wire, 1990), Full Half Wrong (1992), Lareigne (1995), Drawn That Way (1996), ReBourne (1997), Not Garden (1997), Strange Attractions (mus. Nyman, 1999), Strange Attractors (mus. several 2000), BLOOM (mus. Rufus Wainwright, 2006), and I Drink the Air Before Me (mus. Nico Muhley, 2009). His works are also in the repertory of many companies, including specially commissioned works such as Simulacrum Court (Frankfurt Ballet, 1987), Extravenus (Lyon Opera Ballet, 1994), Underland (Sydney Dance Company, 2003), and Ride the Beast (Scottish Ballet, 2007).
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