Seán Curran Company




“When I see something good that reminds me what dancing can be at its most basic, I’m faint with pleasure,” hailed Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice after seeing the Seán Curran Company in performance. Pleasing audiences is exactly what the company has been doing since it burst onto the dance scene in 1997. Known for his wit, intelligence, ingenuity and uncanny physical humor, Seán Curran successfully blends a myriad of influences into a purely original style.

In collaboration with the Chicago-based ensemble Third Coast Percussion, the company is developing Everywhere All the Time, a 20th anniversary program combining live percussion music and contemporary dance for the 2018-2019 touring season. A creative endeavor connecting the fields of dance, music, and architecture, the evening will include music by celebrated Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy and a set designed by renowned landscape architect Diana Balmori. A repertory program with recorded music, Dances with Words, is also available for touring in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons.

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Seán Curran's Biography

Seán Curran began his training with traditional Irish step dancing as a child in Boston and went on to perform with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1983–1993) and in the original cast of STOMP! (1994–1998). Since 1997, Seán Curran Company has toured Curran’s contemporary dance work internationally, including performances at Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, and Dance Theater Workshop. Artistic excellence has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project, New Music USA, the NYC Dance & Performance “Bessie” awards, and others. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Curran currently serves as Chair of the Department of Dance. A sought-after choreographer/director for opera and theater, notable productions include Salome (Opera Theatre of St. Louis, San Francisco Opera, Opera Montreal, San Diego Opera); Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theater); Shalimar the Clown, Ariadne on Naxos, Pirates of Penzance, Nixon in China, Champion, 27, Daughter of the Regiment (Opera Theater of St. Louis); Oscar, Daphne, The Last Savage, Dr. Sun Yat Sen (Santa Fe Opera); L’Etoile, Alcina, Turandot, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (NYC Opera); My Life with Albertine (Playwrights Horizons); As You Like It (Shakespeare in the Park); Romeo and Juliette (Metropolitan Opera); James Joyce’s The Dead, Cymbeline, The Rivals (Lincoln Center Theater/Broadway).

“There’s no fresher, more invigorating new American dance now than the choreography of Sean Curran.”

The Los Angeles Times