Weekend planner: Talk
Stephen Petronio began his four years at Hampshire College in the 1970s as a premedical student but, inspired by Rudolf Nureyev, ended them as a dancer. He joined the Trisha Brown Company as its first male member before founding the Stephen Petronio Company in 1984. In the nearly 30 years since he’s become a much-lauded choreographer (“Petronio makes works that are heady with a glossy beauty, punch drunk with feeling” — dance critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa), particularly known for his collaborative work with musical and performance artists, including Rufus Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and Cindy Sherman.
Currently in the Valley to lead an intensive workshop for the Five College Dance Department’s newly launched Institute for Choreography and Creativity, Petronio will be giving a public lecture/demonstration — “Stephen Petronio: Reflections on Repertory and the Creative Process” — tonight at 7 in Mount Holyoke College’s Studio Theater and Friday, also at 7 p.m., in Hampshire College’s Franklin Patterson East Lecture Hall. No charge.