Stefanie Batten Bland has been creating works in between France and the U.S. for the last several years, fusing her dance heritage with her desire to converse with artists from other mediums. She will develop A Place of Sun, to premiere at BAC in May.
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Stefanie Batten Bland
Stefanie Batten Bland graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and studied dance at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She attended SUNY Purchase on a dance scholarship, and the New School for Social Research on a scholarship for postcolonial literature studies. In 1998, she joined the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where she spent several seasons as a soloist.
Additionally, Bland has danced for choreographers, directors, and companies including Sean Curran, Kraig Patterson, Gus Solomons Jr., Douglas Dunn, Lar Lubovitch Dance, Pina Bausch Tanz Theater Wuppertal, Compagnie Linga, and Pal Frenak. In 2008, Bland established her contemporary dance company, CSBB. In 2005 and 2006, Bland’s company performed as part of Joyce Soho Presents, a series created to encourage young choreographic talent. The company has since performed at Symphony Space and the Saratoga ArtsFest. Bland has choreographed for the Mu Terminal Conservatory in Budapest, and her works have been performed in Prague, Brussels, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Denmark, France, throughout the United States, and for UNESCO’s International Dance Day.