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Collaborating with Stephen PetronioJanine Antoni
Filmed in 2013, artist Janine Antoni and choreographer Stephen Petronio discuss their collaborative process. Instead of working strictly within their respective fields, Petronio and Antoni blur the lines between sculptor, performer, and choreographer as they create works for the stage as well as for the camera.
After collaborating with Petronio on his piece Like Lazarus Did (2013), Antoni worked with him to make Honey Baby (2013), a video of Petronio company dancer Nick Sciscione moving through a honey coated sculptural space. “We were very interested in making a video where one could not feel gravity,” says Antoni.More information and credits
Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Ian Forster. Camera: Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Sound: Ava Wiland. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio. Performance Footage Courtesy: Stephen Petronio Company. Music: Son Lux. Special Thanks: The Joyce Theater & River to River Festival. Filmed At: DANY Studios, New York, NY. Theme Music: Peter Foley.
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Janine Antoni’s work blurs the distinction between performance art and sculpture. Transforming everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and sleeping into ways of making art, Antoni’s primary tool for making sculpture has always been her own body. She has chiseled cubes of lard and chocolate with her teeth, washed away the faces of soap busts made in her own likeness, and used the brainwave signals recorded while she dreamed at night as a pattern for weaving a blanket the following morning.
Stephen Petronio was born in 1956 in Newark, New Jersey, and lives and works in New York City. Trained in improvisation and dance techniques, Petronio became the first male member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1979. He went on to found the Stephen Petronio Company, for which he currently serves as the choreographer and artistic director.