Stenn, Rebecca

Rebecca Stenn

Rebecca Stenn
BFA, The Juilliard School;
MFA, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Part Time Faculty

I am now, and have always been, fascinated with movement, and the possibilities for self-expression and communication that movement holds for us. What can choreography say that verbal language cannot? How does movement give us subtext, in order to enhance our understanding of the world around is? These are the questions that my students and I explore at length. I have also always loved the magic and beauty in the world of the theater, and am constantly rewarded in sharing and discovering this anew with my students. “For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.” T.S. Eliot

My professional training began at the Interlochen Arts Academy, followed by studies at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Earning a BFA from The Juilliard School was a natural choice for me, as my interest in collaborating with live music led me to want to study at an institution where I could fully mine those possibilities. More recently I received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. I have performed and toured throughout the world as a principal dancer with Momix (1990 to 1996) and Pilobolus (1996 to 2002). In 1996 I founded my own company, Rebecca Stennn Company, and since then we have toured to over 50 cities nationally and internationally, garnering excellent critical and popular response. I continue to produce yearly New York City seasons with the company and look forward to international tours each summer, as the company carries on our quest of broadening the boundaries and blurring the distinctions between the disciplines of dance, live music and more recently, explorations with film and projected images.
Courses Taught:
  • Choreographic Research, Continued
  • I Have A Dream: Dance in Education
  • The Practical Side of Performance: A (Real) Life in the Arts

Research Interests:
I am interested in looking at modern dance as a reflection of culture and our time and improvisation as it relates to our perception and interaction with the world at large.  Choreography is a means of furthering our understanding of the world around us and the constant inquiry and study of dance making as a serious art form.
Professional Affiliations:
  • Momix Dance Theater
  • Pilobolus Dance Theater
  • Rebecca Stenn Company
  • Vision Into Art Company
  • Independent choreographers in New York City and abroad including:
  • Keely Garfield, Naomi Goldberg, Alison Chase, David Parsons, Danny Ezralow,
  • Lincoln Center Open Stages Program
  • The Joyce Theater - Teaching Artist
  • National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts - Dance Mentor and Choreographer
  • New Orleans Ballet Association
  • Manhattanville College – Visitng Artist in Residence (2010)
  • Stockton College – Visitng Artist in Residence (2012)
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
92nd Street Y
Performances at the Edinburgh Festival, Aug 15-25, 2012
Performances at ARTSpace, Capetown, South Africa, July 2012

Guzman Theater, Miami, FL Choreography for NFAA Gala performance
Triskelion Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
Baryshnikov Arts Center, Choreography for NFAA Performance
New World Symphony, Miami, FL, Choreography for NFAA performance
New York Season for Rebecca Stenn Company, West End Theater in
premiere of evening length work Fantasy, Lies, Hubris and Voyeurism
Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. - Choreography for Presidential Scholars in the Arts Performance
Commission to create work at New Orleans Ballet Association, New Orleans, LA
Performance at Dance Festival at Bryant Park, NYC
Soaking WET series - West End Theater, Performances of 'Drinking the Sky'
New Sounds, New Moves - Premiere of Choreographer/Composer collaboration commissioned by Joyce Theater, at Joyce SoHo
Manhattanville College Guest Artist Performance
Guest at Dance New Amsterdam, Choreographic Investigation Lab

Performances of Drinking the Sky, at the Edinburgh Festival, Aug 7-14, 2010 Guzman Theater, Miami, FL Choreography for NFAA Gala performance
Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. - Choreography for Presidential Scholars in the Arts Performance
92nd Street Y

Joyce SoHo, Chopped and Screwed, NYC Season for Rebecca Stenn Company

Danspace Project, St. Marks Church, performances of Periphery Danceworks, company tour to Milwaukee, WI
Lincoln Center Open Stages Program – July 2008

Dance New Amsterdam, Blue Print Redux, NYC – Season for Rebecca Stenn Co, Symphony Space, New York City
Danceworks, Milwaukee, WI

Danspace Project, St. Marks Church, Blue Print, NYC –Season for Rebecca Stenn
World Financial Center’s Winter Garden Theater
Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin
New Orleans Performing Arts Center
Dance Theater Workshop, NYC

The Joyce Theater, NYC, Altogether Different, New York Season
Awards and Honors:
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grants
  • New York State Council for the Arts Grant
  • American Music Center Grants
  • Resident Artist Grant from The Joyce Theater Foundation
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – Full academic scholarship

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