Modern dance icon sets up shop at Roulette

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A Brooklyn-born dance legend is returning home for her first hometown performance of original work in nearly 20 years — and she’s not just choreographing and directing it, she’s dancing in it.

Famed choreographer Stephanie Skura will present her full-length experimental dance piece “Two Huts” at Roulette March 15–18, which employs movement, theater, prose and music to explore the human condition.

“‘Two Huts’ is based on an idea I had 25 years ago; a simple basic concept of two women living side by side, in two huts,” Skura said. “But it’s not about a relationship between two people, but about two aspects of one self. On some level, the piece is about how you create yourself in order to be connected with the world.”

The performance, which Skura choreographed, scripted, directed and stars in, is a non-linear dance piece that incorporates words and music to “take a dancing athletic approach to the voice, so it would have the physicality that our bodies have.”

Skura, who has earned seven Choreography Fellowships and five Dance Company Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts throughout her long and successful career, is a renaissance woman known for her radical and interdisciplinary approach to movement, and her penchant for combining dance with video, audio, visual art, poetry, and performance, in an effort to create textured, dynamic pieces.

“I’ve been committed to dance for many years, and I love it,” Skura said. “But when I make work, I need to bring in something else other than my life inside a bare room with four walls; I give equal weight to all aspects of reality.”

“Two Huts” at Roulette [509 Atlantic Ave. at Third Avenue in Downtown, (212) 219-8242]. March 15–18, 8 pm. Tickets, $20. For info, visit

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