What’s Been Said
“Rebecca Stenn Company is a collective force …keenly pleasurable. They are smart, adult dancers and to watch them thinking through deft spatial patterns and often tricky partnering sequences is a treat.”
"Rebecca Stenn is a thrilling, hypnotic contemporary dancer and choreographer. Half-lit and shrouded in black, she moves tentatively like a shadow, governed by instinct, seemingly alert and cat-like as though ready to pounce. Fluid and ethereal, Stenn's movement echoes the half-world between sleep and consciousness."
“In Zone A, the collaboration of Rebecca Stenn and composer Konrad Kaczmarek created one of the most satisfying and memorable new danceworks I've seen in the past dozen years. Rebecca Stenn moved thru the aural (musical) dreamscape with a kind of weighted lyricism that was fascinating to watch…Rebecca uses her hands with remarkably fluent clarity. Rebecca and Konrad received sustained applause - deservedly - having held the audience enthralled.”
"Stenn moves with incredible softness in her upper body that rests so
"'Fantasy'...was filled with movement - rippling swan arms, loping runs...beautiful...unveils a world of night creatures."
“In terms of pure choreographic invention -- on her own body and for ensembles -- Stenn was the most rigorous American choreographer of her generation. Rebecca Stenn, as performer...has her own aura and glow. She is luminous. Possessed. Enchanted. On one of the first occasions I saw her...I thought of what it must have felt like to watch Martha Graham perform. This is how Stenn transfixes; she doesn't need to insist on the spotlight; it finds her.”
“The Rebecca Stenn Company dancers gave a moving and thought provoking performance of "Fantasy, Lies, Hubris, and Voyeurism" on Saturday evening at the West End Theater. Rebecca Stenn began the piece; alone in an open-back black dress, beautifully lit, standing in front of a projection of clouds and landscape. Her movements were arcing, swaying, fluttering; a force of nature confined...the vision is striking.” Deborah Wingert, Eye on Dance
“Stenn, in Drinking the Sky, captured my attention and held it rapt from her very first assured, masterful movement to the dimming of the lights. The impressively muscle-bound yet amazingly graceful Stenn is totally in control of her body, articulating her hands, arms, feet, legs, ribs and neck separately in sometimes round and fluid, sometimes sharp and direct motions. To me, Stenn’s performance was astounding.”
“There is plenty of physical prowess on show and some strong musicality and control, particularly from solo artist Rebecca Stenn, demonstrating impressive isolation and detail.”
“With six world-class American dance companies taking to the stage with Booking Dance's showcase, Beautiful, it's difficult to know where to begin. Fans of dance will be delighted by the smorgasbord of talent on show. First on to the stage at the EICC is Rebecca Stenn, presenting a piece she has choreographed herself, Drinking the Sky. To the accompaniment of Chopin, she contrasts elements of classical ballet with modern moves that could be pulled from today's street dancers, commenting on the past moving forward through the present and the future.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, 2010
“Deliciously intense... in the audience we are breathless.”
"[The] pieces are attractive and well-made… the performers are all accomplished. Successful…the choreographer’s style shines through”
“A compelling Stenn has a group of top-notch dancers…lovely, lyrical movement…enjoyably revealed individuality and fragile, free expression. Novel and nice.” Lori Ortiz, Explore Dance, 2009
“Wit, concision and gutsy passion…a vibrant company”
“Wildly connected yet free to fly…ingenious…darkly imaginative.” Jennifer Dunning, New York Times (March 2003)
“Stenn moves like a gazelle, and out of her muscle bound stance, she exudes a melodic beauty, whether wafting through the air in “Zimzun” or clomping onstage in Li’l Abner boots as a fiery seductress in “The Carmen Suites”. Her choreographic imagination showed boundless versatility...she exerts an.electrifying presence.”
“Dependably thoughtful and gutsy…” The New York Times (Nov 2005)
“In the rising choreographer’s striking new evening length work…the organic, expressive movement is poetic in its own right. Sometimes the dancers touch each other’s bodies like healers, but there is wrestling too, and fast, full out dancing over satisfyingly big spaces.”
“Stenn is known for the way she inserts live music and musicians into her dancing, and this creates remarkable moments, visually and physically. A duet for dancer Eric Jackson Bradley and cellist Dave Eggar is unlike anything I've seen. It's a trio really, two men and a cello. The men's ebb and flow, weight exchanges with each other and the instrument that seems almost to play itself at times, or to initiate the movement, are impeccably timed.”
“Honest is the word that settles in my mind as I walked away from Rebecca Stenn Company’s Blue Print…breathtakingly beautiful…the innovative way in which the musicians participated in the dance made the show unique, and the themes of belonging, relationship, and home brought out through the poetry gave the experience a deeper emotional quality. “
“Stenn and four other terrific dancers execute the work…”
"Stenn's performance was a splendid meshing of tender vulnerability and physical presence."
"Stenn is a choreographer of generous vision...the evening offered one gem after another of visual and movement imagination...achingly beautiful…daring and successful."
"Rebecca Stenn is one of the most gifted and innovative young dancer/choreographers in modern dance."
"Stenn is a fine dancer, notably strong and precise. Humor and rhythmic energy give her work a life of its own.”
"A fresh, vital dance company in a remarkable debut by a stunning dancer/choreographer. Stenn's dancing is strong and passionate... she brings down the house."
"Stenn's solo is compelling...and bassist Jay Weissman, performing live, creates a sophisticated atmosphere."
"PerksDanceMusicTheatre captures your attention with astonishing technique, imagination, wit and charm. It's a terrific evening of theater " WBAI Radio, New York City
"Rebecca Stenn is a master of physical illusion. Her expressive face accentuates the clean, striking lines she achieves (and) her leaps are so fluidly executed that it appears as if she is dancing through liquid.”
"Sophisticated...Rebecca Stenn is a creative force. Tenacious discipline and exacting work...Stenn's uniqueness is in her kinetics and brilliance of concept...a dancer of ability and imagination."
"Captivating and consistently excellent, Stenn's choreography balances the sublime and beautiful with humor and thus involves the entire audience, whether dance afficionados or not. Her strength and beauty offer a unique dance experience that is filled with promise for the future." CHRW radio, London, Ontario, Canada
"Brilliant...stunning...visually exciting...Stenn shone in the inventiveness of her choreography."
"Stenn's choreography is breathtaking...right on the money."
“From the beautiful to the provocative...Perks stretches the limits of agility and emotion. Each piece is the product of the harmony and chemistry between the dancers and musicians...highly enchanting.”
"In her piece "The Carmen Suites," inspired by the Bizet opera, Rebecca Stenn and her PerksDanceMusicTheatre have reached a level few companies have...startlingly, tellingly. What Stenn has done is expand the Pilobolan-Momixian form to the point where every single "trick" or "gimmick" or prop promotes and instigates and ignites a pure dance." The Dance Insider
“Gorgeous and Poetic”