From Soho to LA, to Paris and back, Stefanie Batten Bland shares her stories of finding spaciousness within cities -- the serendipitous and unpredictable circumstances that led to big career moves, identifying her unique voice in movement and how she cultivates powerful and visceral images that connect audiences to deeply shared consciousness within her dances. 

I’m sure the reason I actually make the things I make is very much due to the way that I felt as a young person...I’ve realized that my work is extremely correlated to that inclusiveness that that space instilled in me. It made me feel like I belonged no matter where I was.


about stefanie 


Stefanie Batten Bland is a 2016 Bessie Schonberg Choreography Fellow at The Yard, 2015 Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists Choice Awardee, Camargo/Jerome Foundation Choreographer for Zenon Dance Company - France, 2015 Alvin Ailey Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab Fellow, 2014 Joffrey Ballet Choreographer of Color, 2010-12 Baryshnikov Arts Center/Jerome Robbins NEW Fellow and is now among names such as Twyla Tharp and Robert Wilson as a 2016 Jerome Robbins Awardee for outstanding artistic integrity.

In addition to dances commissioned by the Second Avenue Dance Company (New York City), Modlin Center for the Arts (Richmond, VA), Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis, MN), Transitions Dance Company (London), Alvin Ailey II Company (New York City) and Frontier Danceland (Singapore), Batten Bland's work for her own troupe, Company SBB, has been seen in the UK, throughout the USA, Europe, Caribbean and Asia.

Recent artistic residencies include NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Spelman College, Santa Fe College, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Ohio University, Middle Tennessee State University, Guest Faculty at Ithaca College. In fall, she was the 2016 Guest Artist Lecturer at Rutgers University in Rutgers, NJ. 

As a performer, Batten Bland has danced for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Paul Frenak, Sean Curran Dance Company, Kraig Patterson, Georges Momboye, Cie Linga, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Lar Lubovitch, Julie Taymor and Angelin Preljocaj. Currently she is completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with a Concentration in Performance Creation at Goddard College in Vermont and teaches improvisation and contemporary partnering at the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. 

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