Stefanie Batten Bland
A 2010/11 Baryshnikov Arts Center/Jerome Robbins Foundation “NEW” Fellow
Adding to Mary Batten and Ed Bland's artistic legacy of music and writing, with her own layer of dance. SBB mixes European subtlety and American ardor to investigate physical notions of community. Sharing her time between Paris and New York, Stefanie’s choreographic vision, a vision recognized as a 2010 Baryshnikov Arts Center/Jerome Robbins NEW Fellow and 2011/12 Cambridge Who’s Who! of Professionals and Entrepreneurs.
Expressing herself to her father’s compositions and mother’s writings, Bland charged her parents 25cents during dinner parties to “amuse” guests in what would become true round table entertainment.
At age six an appearance on the TV show Dance Fever encouraged her to begin exploring her “special side” before moving with her family to Los Angeles at age nine.
Her serious dance and theater training began later at the performing arts high school in LA , and at The Joffrey School in New York, where she was awarded a scholarship to participate in their trainee program and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she was honored with the Sunny Brown Foundation Award.
Under a scholarship she attended SUNY Purchase for dance, and New School for Social Research for post colonial literature studies on scholarships. In 1998 she began to dance as a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where she spent several seasons as a soloist.
In addition, she performed for choreographers and directors such as Sean Curran, Kraig Patterson, Gus Solomons Jr., Douglas Dunn, Lar Lubovitch Dance, Pina Bausch Tanz Theater Wüppertal, Compagnie Linga, Pal Frenak, was assistant to Ivory Coast choreographer Georges Momboye, Angelin Preljocaj and Julie Taymor’s “Grendel” for the LA Opera, among others...
Creating her company CSBB in 2008. SBB fuses her past to create distinct, multi-disciplinary futuristic environments for stage and film.
In theater she has worked for directors such as Jérôme Savary, “A La Recherche de Joséphine,” made for the Paris Opera Comique, which toured internationally from 2006-10 and premiered at Montclair State University “Peak Performances” in 2009 and Aurélie Delmart for “Soweto,” the musical that celebrated the liberation of Nelson Mandela at the Casino de Paris.
The Biennale Nationale de Danse du Val-de-Marne selected Ms. Bland to open the evening “Rendez Vous de la Danse” and “Les Plateaux.”
In New York City she was selected to participate in the 2005 Joyce Soho Presents, a series created to encourage young choreographic talent. The Joyce then chose SBB for their Spring 2006 Season. In 2009 the CSBB performed at Symphony Space and the Saratoga ArtsFest. Ms. Bland has choreographed for the Mu Terminal Conservatory in Budapest and her works and company have performed in Prague, Brussels, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Denmark, France, throughout the United States and for UNESCO’s International Dance Day
Her commercial choreography includes luxury galas for Louis Vuitton, ads for Guerlain perfumes and industrials for Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, Dance Mania and guest choreographer for “So You Think You can Dance- Poland”.
Her cinematic dance films with collaborators Guillaume Le Grontec (cinematographer) and Ed Bland (composer) and Benjamin Heller (artist) have been recognized with inclusion in the Alexander Onassis Foundation choreography competition, the Thessaloniki film festival in Greece, Dança em Foco dance cinema festival in Rio de Janeiro, FMB Dance Umbrella of South Africa, Tanztendenzen of Germany, Dance on Film of Virginia, the Sans Souci dance film festival in Colorado and the West Fest Film Marathon of New York City.
Guest artist residency credits include: Virginia Commonwealth University, Ohio University, Middle Tennessee State University, guest faculty at Ithaca College.
Masterclass credits include: Spelman College, Emory University, Kennesaw State University, University if Georgia, George Mason University, Skidmore College and the Joffrey Ballet.
SBB is currently guest choreographer for the Alvin Ailey ll Company and for Transitions Dance Company of London, Artistic Director David Waring.