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Company SBB // Stefanie Batten Bland – Choreographer/Director/Movement Director is a 2019 American Ballet Theatre Women’s Movement Initiative Choreographer. As a Jerome Robbins Awardee, Batten Bland’s interdisciplinary creative practice is embedded in human relationships, the communicative choices we make, and how we fit into space and place. She interrogates the preconceived notions embedded within contemporary and historical culture and situates her work at the intersection of installation and dance-theatre in live performance settings. The company was founded in 2008 in France and continues to work with both European and American artists.
Company SBB has been seen in the United States, Europe and Asia. Also intrigued by dance cinema, SBB has created eleven films that have been seen in international festivals in Europe, South America, the United States and South Africa. She has also choreographed outside of concert platforms for galas, publicity, Off-Broadway and industrials.
Currently SBB is Movement Director for the theatrical production “Eve’s Song” directed by Jo Bonney that opens at The Public Theater in October and is a 2019 NYU Center For The Ballet Arts Fellow.
SBB is completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with a concentration in Performance Creation at Goddard College in Vermont and resides in SoHo, with her family. For more visit companysbb.org
About the work being presented:
لا بك, a collaboration between choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland, visual artist Benjamin Heller and composer Paul Damian Hogan allows Batten Bland to voice her concerns as an artist and global citizen, and to consider what it means to truly embrace and share space with others. Countering the present political climate in which walls have become synonymous with barriers that separate people and places, BienvenueWelcome… considers the graffiti-decorated walls of cities as communal canvases that express the past and present of its neighborhood people. A mural comprised of paintings created by and with community members is an integral part of the hour-long dance-theatre creation. BienvenueWelcome… w as commissioned by La MaMa Experimental Theatre New York City and received creative support from The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard.