Stacy Matthew Spence: I am, here; Here with us; Where we find ourselves
Stacy Spence’s dance work often explores the exchange between person and environment. This involves playful interactions and movement generated in response to the places he finds himself – studio, home, and in public spaces. Presently, he brings his attention to the internal space of “me”– as a personal environment to be outwardly created, expressed, occupied, and shared.
His new dance in triptych form, I am, here (a solo), Here with us (a duet), Where we find ourselves (a quartet), created in collaboration with dance artists Tim Bendernagel, Joanna Kotze, Hsiao-jou Tang, singer/musician Charlotte Jacobs, percussionist Raf Vertessen, and costumer Athena Kokoronis, explores ideas of self, impulse, and sharing.
How do we find ourselves? How do we find our place? How do we find each other?
*About Open Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday evening’s dress rehearsal will be free with RSVP and open to the public at limited-capacity. Open dress rehearsals are a mask-required, community-minded program prioritizing our immunocompromised and low-income audiences. Staff and audiences will be required to wear masks (N95 or KN95) and performing artists (if unmasked) will be required to test for COVID-19 (rapid tests provided by Danspace Project). RSVP here.
This project was supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and with support from Gibney’s Dance in Process Residency Program with generous support from the Mellon Foundation and support from the A M Foundation.
Stacy Matthew Spence is a New York City based choreographer, dancer, and teacher. Stacyʼs choreography has been commissioned by The High Line in collaboration with visual artist Ronny Quevedo, Danspace Project, The New School, Ishmael Houston-Jones’s Platform 2012: Parallels for Danspace Project, Tisch School of the Arts and London Contemporary Dance School. Stacy has been honored to perform in co/motion directed by Margaret Peak as part of Jason Moranʼs Whitney Biennial: Bleed, Deborah Hayʼs Blues as part of Ralph Lemonʼs One Fine Day at The Museum of Modern Art NY and Joanna Kotze’s BIG BEATS.
Stacy had the pleasure of dancing with The Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1997-2006, was Education Director 2018-2020 and continues collaborating with the company through teaching and re-staging Trisha’s work. He has taught nationally and internationally at institutions such as The New School, Juilliard, Barnard College, Movement Research, Tisch School of the Arts, Manhattan Marymount College, London Contemporary Dance School and Centre National de Danse Contemporaine.
Stacy’s work has been supported through Gibney Dance in Process (DiP) Resident Artist 2022-23, Movement Research Artist Parent Residency; Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, Workspace Artist-in-Residence, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council NY; Manhattan Community Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY; New York Live Arts Studio Series Residency; Artist Residency at Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France.