Christiana Axelsen, Molissa Fenley, and Timothy Ward in performance at the Agropoli Danza Festival, 2022, photo by Frederica Capo

Upcoming Projects/Performances:

I am just beginning to work on a new piece for Sakamoto Blue Sky, a tribute project for the late composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. The tribute project will be posted on the youtube channel of the Fine Arts Center of the University of Massachusetts, August-September 2023.

Video Clones, a work made in collaboration with Keith Haring in 1979 is presently on view at The Broad in Los Angeles as part of the exhibition Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody.

I will be in a residency at Yaddo for three weeks this summer, July 6-August 1.

Best wishes to all!
Love, Molissa
Molissa Fenley - Photos ©2021 Paula Court

Rhythm Field, Molissa Fenley

Molissa Fenley, one of the most influential artists of postmodern dance, has had a lasting impact on performance. In dance, she has explored extreme effort and duration in highly crafted patterns and performed with an explosive, joyous energy that infused her work with endurance, balance, and life force. She challenged modern dance orthodoxy and redefined the character of a woman’s moving body in the late twentieth century, bringing postmodernized ritual to the stage.

Rhythm Field is a vivid and probing portrait of Fenley’s four-decade career, written by her fellow artists. The collection functions as a multifaceted look into one woman’s complex performing arts legacy. The result is itself an aesthetic undertaking that investigates the ways in which Fenley straddles dance traditions, art genres, and gender norms and has been a model to the field. The collection offers several scholarly analyses of the choreographer’s work, and is, above all, a vibrant record from the field. Rhythm Field sits at a necessary midpoint between criticism and scholarship.

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The Broad
May 27-June 27, 2023
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July 6 - August 1, 2023
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University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center youtube channel
August 26-September 30, 2023
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Redwood Park (Part 1)

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