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University Infection Prevention

Hartford HealthCare   9/17/2020


Viewing from Home  

Arts Journal 

DanceBeat   Deborah Jowitt on bodies in motion,  5/6/2020


Artistic Director Stephen Pier on the 25th Anniversary of Hartt Dance at University of Hartford

The Dance Enthusiast   1/27/2020


-Guest Performance Review

Limón Dance Company: Enduring Legacy

Jerry Hochman  Critical Dance   6/1/2019

Límon Dance Company: Spring 2019 Season

By Sheila Kogan     Theater Scene    6/1/2019


Limón Dance Company @ The Joyce

By Philip Gardner 

Oberon's Grove  5/30/2019


By Gus Solomons Jr



BWW Interviews: Stephen Pier - Heart to Hartt

by Barnett Serchuk Sep. 17, 2013  


Article from José Limón Company News Letter :

Former Company member Stephen Pier recently returned from setting "The Unsung" on the Royal Danish Ballet, so we asked him to write about his experiences.

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May 30, 2013
Rite of Spring "Sacrificial Dance"
The Hartford Symphony
the Belding Theater at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts


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"Hartford Courant"     

June 1, 2013     by JEFFREY JOHNSON

The "Rite" was originally a ballet, and Stephen Pier from The Hartt School Dance Division choreographed the "Sacrificial Dance." Jane Cracovaner and Christopher LaFleche emerged during the tense and expectant music just prior to the fierce final section where a young maiden dances herself to death as a sacrifice to the Earth in order to regenerate spring. LaFleche created a hypnotic presence that made the ritual seem destined to move forward. Cracovaner impressed with a unique fluidity and unrelenting physical energy. The dancers embodied the beautifully disturbing sense of this musical passage. It was a memorable way to close the concert.


Why Do I Have to Take Ballet?

By Laura Di Orio   Dance Informa American Edition  5/3/2013



The IMZ International Music + Media Centre

Dance Screen  

San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2013

catalogue #182 

CORDA Foundation

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Salome-IMZ Dance Screen 2013 catlogue SF



February 20 Saturday 2010 3:00pm

Shotorashion For Gagaku Ensemble and Dancers
Music From Japan
Merkin Concert Hall


The New York Times: The Arts 2/22/2010
Allan Kozinn/Music Review
"Shotorashion," a rhythmically vital, three-movement dance piece, with raucous sho figures and tactile percussion, closed the program. Stephen Pier and Maya Sakai danced their own choreography, with Mr. Pier taking a more modern, expressive approach in the outer movements, and Ms. Sakai dancing in a more traditional style.

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February 6, Saturday 2010 3:00pm
Shotorashion For Gagaku Ensemble and Dancers
Fukushima, Japan


February 7   TheYomiuri Shimbun, Japan

Shotorashion for Gagaku Ensemble and Dancers

Fukushima, Japan


"VISIONS and VOICES: Altria/ABT Women's Choreography Project"

-Panel Discussion & Presentation

February 1 & 2,2009   Sunday and Monday, 2009---7:30pm
"VISIONS and VOICES: Altria/ABT Women's Choreography Project"
Contact Guggenheim Museum: Works & Process
New York, NY


"VISIONS and VOICES: Altria/ABT Women's Choreography Project"

-Panel Discussion & Presentation

February 1 & 2,2009   Sunday and Monday, 2009---7:30pm
"VISIONS and VOICES: Altria/ABT Women's Choreography Project"
Contact Guggenheim Museum: Works & Process
New York, NY


March 25, 2008

ABT Announces Voices and Visions: The Altria/ABT Women's Choreography Project

Choreographic Initiative to Support New Commissions for ABT II and Mentoring Workshops for ABT Dancers



November 28,2008

This week, we caught up with choreographer and Juilliard faculty member Stephen Pier, who’s leading the training, and ABT corps member Elizabeth Mertz, one of the five ballerinas taking part in it.


Nameless Garden     

M-deux Ballet  Nagoya, Japan



Eri Karatsu --- Chacotte Online Review 2008
....was full of free spirit that it looked as if the dance had literally shaken the space and vibrated the air. I found some Eastern spirituality in it. Mr. Pier's choreography powerfully showed a spirit of modern dance


On Stage News Paper, Japan --- 2008/8/1
The nature is generated, withers, and reproduces in the Nameless Garden. Pier seems to have requested a spiritual deeper, more various spaces though was going to be compared to person's life.
The dancer crouched, beat the floor, and made up the space where the reality crosses with the unreality by complex movement getting on pungent music and the changed lighting of a little darkness.

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Dicapo Opera Theatre : Puccini Project : Messa di Gloria & Le Villi

Premiere : New York


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower --- 1/12/2007

Puccini's Messa Di Gloria....Stephen Pier, the new work's choreographer had the Nilas Martins dance ensemble moving with up-stretched arms, all the while with feet firmly placed onstage....The dancers flowed with the chorus, in a structure that paired male dancers and male chorus, female dancers and female chorus, plus mixed gender performances, and, at times, the entire chorus or orchestra performed unaccompanied by dancers, for a constantly shifting focus in genre and aesthetic.


ANNE MIDGETTE --- the New York Times ---1/15/2007...striking performances of choreography by Stephen Pier ('Messa di Gloria')the 'Messa di Gloria' showed that Dicapo is capable of achieving a higher standard. And Mr. Pier's choreography reflected the bright, busy (sometimes cheesy) music in interesting ways. When the low voices intoned, 'Qui tollis peccata mundi,' he sent the male dancers across the front of the stage in Graham-like poses that were later embellished with the female dancers on a repeat when the women's voices joined in.


Le Villi       Nilas Martin Dance Company
Premiere : New York


Michael Popkin ----- Danceviewtimes ----- 4/3/2006
....there were also moments of substance and beauty, particularly in the works by Stephen Pier.
The most stunning of these works was the dance for Meunier by Stephen Pier to the soprano aria, 'Would I Could Be Like to the Flowers.'

.....the preceding work for Meunier by Pier, provided the real displays of 'passion' on this bill.




Eloquence in Motion   New York Sun ----- 3/27/2006

By JOEL LOBENTHAL | March 27, 2006
...Ms. (Monique) Meunier's only appearance, in a solo choreographed by Stephen Pier, was the evening's highlight. Mr. Pier's solo, choreographed to an aria from 'Le Villi,' provided her with elements of earth-mother lamentation. Rising from the ground to her full height, her body palpitating with emotion as she stood on half pointe, Ms. Meunier the kind of protean performer who, if paired with the right choreographic collaborators, could develop new possibilities of dance language and expression.




Eclectic choreography on stage

Jennie Lay      Steamboat Pilot & Today  7/23/2004

“Evening of Dance” closes with a new piece by guest artist Stephen Pier. Pier choreographed “Brilliant Sky” using the Perry-Mansfield dancers earlier this summer. Discussing the new work among Perry-Mansfield’s dance instructors, Keen called Pier’s new work “very modern and very important.”

The instructors agreed that this is a unique opportunity to see a dance with its original cast, showcasing the purest initial intent of the choreographer.

“He was thrilled with the dancers,” Kent said of Pier.

Archives     -Reviews and Articles

2020.5.6 An Arts Journal - Dance Beat  Deborah Jowitt on bodies in motion

2020.1.27 Dance Enthusiasts  Article

2019.6.1 Critical Dance  Limon

2019.6.1 Theater Scene  Limon

2019.5.29 Oberon's Grove  Limon

2019  Gus Solomons Jr. gussolomonsjrtest

2018.10.18 Hartford Courant

2015.Fall Art Times Journal

2015.5.14 DanceU101 Article

2014.12.27 Notice Architanz  Master Class

2014.7.7 Dance Infroma Jonathan Emanuell Alsberry’s Article

2013.12.27-29 Notice Master Class Architanz, Tokyo, Japan

2013.12.27 Architanz Master Class Tokyo, Japan

2013.9.17 Broadway World Interview

2013.6.1 Hartford Courant 

2013.5.3 Dance Informa Article

2012.9.6 Dances for an iPhone

2011.7.26 Dance Indeed Master Class  Saison/Morishita Studio

2010.10.7 NY Times ABT 

2010.3.18 The Yomiuri Shimbun   Music From Japan:Shotorashion -Review : Actual News Paper Clip

2010.2.24 Broadway World The Hartt

2010.2.21 NT Times   Music From Japan: Shotorashion

2010.2.7 The Yomiuri Shimbun  Music From Japan:Shotorashion-Review : Actual News Paper Clip

2009. 9   The Juilliard Journal Article

2009.9.22 Broadway World The Hartt

2009.1.21 ABT  Voices and Visions: The Altoria/ABT Women’s Choreography Project Write up

2009 Data Base Catalyst

2009 Data Base Catalyst

2008.11.24 FlavorWire  Article

2008.11.24 FlavorWire  Article

2008/8/1  The Performing Arts Journal On Stage Japan

2008/6/30  Chunichi News , M-deux, Art/Entertain section Page 9 Review Japan

2008.3 The Juilliard Journal Article

2008.2 The Juilliard Journal Article

2007.12/2008.1 The Juilliard Journal Faculty News

2007.10 The Juilliard Journal Article

2007.1.15 NY Times Puccini Project - Dicapo Opera

2006.3.27 NY Sun Puccini: “Le Villi”

2006.3.25 DanceViewTime Puccini: “Le Villi”

2004.7.23 Steamboat Pilot & Today  

2004.2.2 Dance View Time BFD

2003.6.2  NY Times NY International Ballet Competition

2003.3.26 Backstage BFD

2003.3.1 NY Times BFD

2002.2.26 Village Voice BFD

2002.2.15 Data Base New National Ballet Japan

2002.2.8  Dance Insider BFD

2001.8.1 NY Times Nilas Martins Ballet

2001.7.4 Village Voice BFD  Jacob’s Pillow( same as above)

2001.7.3 Village Voice BFD Jacob’s Pillow

2001.6.22 New BFD Pent-Up,Aching Rivers

2000.5.13 NY Times BFD

1998.10.29 NY Times BFD

1995.8.31-9.1 Data Base RDB Covent Garden

1995.5.23-25 Dance Magazine RDB OCPAC(Orange County Perf.Art Center)

1993.5.13 Data Base RDB   Tokyo & Nagoya

1992.6.2 LA Times RDB

1982.2.15 NY Times Limon

1982.1.19 NY Times  Bill Cratty

1981.11.16 NY Times Peter Sparling

1981.2.2 NY Times Limon

1981.1.30 NT Times Limon

BFD Collected Reviews on “Pent-up,Aching Rivers” and “Field of Loves"


Grace Under Pressure: Passing Dance Through Time 

     by Barbara Newman

Equipoise: The Life and Work of Alfredo Corvino

     by Dawn Lille



Kazouk Web Site SP Interview

CTFD   SP Mentioned regarding “After the Dancing Stops.”

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