Molissa Fenley

Molissa Fenley has “the ability to translate images of nature into dance with sheer elegance.” – Time Out NY

“A marvel of strength, discipline and inner focus. The precision and artistry can captivate you whether you know the fine points or not.” – The Palm Beach Post

MOLISSA FENLEY has choreographed over 70 works in her 34-year career in dance. With her company, Molissa Fenley and Dancers (founded in 1977), and as a soloist working in collaboration with visual artists and composers, Molissa has performed throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Her work has been commissioned by the American Dance Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, the Dia Art Foundation, Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center, the New National Theater of Tokyo, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, and many others. Both Cenotaph and State of Darkness were awarded a Bessie for Choreography in 1985 and 1988 respectively.

Molissa has also created many works on other ballet and contemporary dance companies, most recently for the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Dance Project. She is an Associate Professor of Dance at Mills College, in residence in the spring semesters, and often teaches choreography for the Experimental Theater Wing of New York University. She is a Guggenheim Fellow (2008), a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, (Rome Prize, 2008) and a Master Artist of the Atlantic Center of the Arts, (1996 and 2009). Recent awards include the American Masterpieces Initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2010.

A biography of Molissa Fenley and members of her company can be found here: MolissaFenley.com.

This year, Molissa Fenley will present a series of original dance pieces, including her newest work: The Vessel Stories.

Recent news and reviews for Molissa Fenley:

New York Times
Village Voice
Voice of Dance

2011 Festival Schedule for Molissa Fenley:

Sat, Aug 27

7:30pm

Dance w/ Molissa Fenley and Dancers, with Philip Glass on piano

Acclaimed dancer and choreographer Molissa Fenley will present a series of original dance pieces, including her newest work: The Vessel Stories. Dedicated to the artistic life and work of Brian Buczak, The Vessel Stories features original score by Philip Glass: String Quartet #4 (Buczak) performed by YOA. Other works on the program will be accompanied by Philip Glass, live on solo piano.

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$45, $35
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Sun, Aug 28

2:30pm

Dance w/ Molissa Fenley and Dancers, with Philip Glass on piano

Molissa Fenley returns for a matinee performance of original dance. If you were unable to attend Saturday evening, please join us Sunday for a beautiful afternooon of dance and music.

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$45, $35
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All dance performances take place at:
Hidden Valley Music Seminars
88 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924