2017 Performances and Events

JUL 15   PERFORMANCE: FLORENCE

Molissa Fenley and Company - The Florence Dance Festival - July 15 at 8pm

Molissa and I will be performing excerpts from Water Table (2016) and Mix (1978) at the Florence Dance Festival. This version of Water Table will be an excerpt from our performance last year at Vassar College that replaced the original music with percussion/viola accompaniment by Frank Cassara and Ralph Ferris. This past fall we reconstructed Mix from a VHS tape of the premiere performance at the Kitchen in 1978. For the reconstruction, I learned the role of a very young Elizabeth Streb. Mix is built with intricate layers of clapping, stomping and movement rhythms by four dancers rotating in an ever evolving square.

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JUN 20   CHOREOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE: ISTANBUL

Trip Spill - Karma Series at Moda Sahnesi, Istanbul Turkey - June 20 at 8pm

"Trip Spill" is a new solo I will be creating during a two-week creative residency in Istanbul to be presented as part of the Karma Series: Vol 1 "Lucid" curated by choreographer Korhan Basaran at the Moda Sahnesi Theater in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to the better known Hindu and Buddhist meaning of the word karma, karma means mixed in Turkish. With this series Korhan will bring together (mix together) artists from Turkey and abroad to present short dance works with the intention of touring the platform to additional Turkish cities and communities.

Trip Spill is a section from a larger work in development entitled Fall Lower that addresses questions I think relevant to the moment: what drives people to choose to be dominated in unequal power dynamics? What is the role of dance in a time of political oppression? What is the cathartic possibilities of inhabiting fully the physicality of disorientation?

Fall Lower has been created during residencies at Akbank Sanat in Istanbul and the Dance Initiative in Carbondale, Colorado. I plan to present the full evening-length work Fall Lower in NYC in late 2018.

 

MAY 21   PERFORMANCE: NEW YORK

Christopher Williams' Hora - Buttenweiser Hall at the 92nd Street Y, New York NY - May 21 at 3pm

Première of a new dance by Christopher Williams entitled Hora featuring Christiana Axelsen, Janet Charleston, and Sydney Henson. Created specifically for this unique cast of women (each of whom are roughly two decades apart in age and at three distinctly different points in their dance careers) the work references numerous ancient goddess triads composed of maiden, mother, and crone figures symbolizing the three stages of a woman’s life.

Come witness the "short form" as described by Doris Humphrey in her pithy quote: "All choreography is too long!" as the Harkness Dance Center celebrates the Fridays at Noon series (1986-2016) with a string of short choreographies by Fridays at Noon artists seen over the decades.


May 20 SHOWING & FUNDRAISER: NEW YORK

Molissa Fenley Fundraiser - NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 111 Second Ave, New York - May 20 at 7pm

An event to raise money for our upcoming tour to Italy. I will perform in an excerpt of Mix at 7pm. The fundraiser will include a workshop with Giada Ferrone from 3:30-5:00 and a workshop with Molissa Fenley from 5:15-6:45. For more information and to reserve a spot in the workshops: RSVP gferrone74@gmail.com

 

May 4-6  PERFORMANCE: NEW YORK 

Christopher Williams' Il Giardino d’Amore - Danspace at St. Marks Church, 31 E 10th Street, New York - May 4-6 at 8pm

Il Giardino d’Amore a new work by choreographer Christopher Williams set to Alessandro Scarlatti's early 18th century serenata Il Giardino di Amore inspired by the mythic lovers Venus and Adonis. The work features dancers Christiana Axelsen, Andrew Champlin, Gentry George, Kyle Gerry, Justin Lynch, Caitlin Scranton, Paul Singh, and Melissa Toogood; visual designs by Andrew Jordan, and lighting by Kathy Kaufman.    Press: Preview in the NYTimes

 

JAN 28-FEB 5   CREATIVE RESIDENCY: COLORADO

PERFORMANCE - Feb 4 at 5pm

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP - Feb 4 at 3pm

COMPANY CLASS- Jan 29 & Feb 5 at 4pm

Fall Lower - Dance Initiative at the Launchpad, Carbondale, CO

During a week-long Creative Residency at the Launchpad, supported by the Dance Initiative, I worked with Denver based-dancers Meg Medorin and Sumi Clements on a new section of Fall Lower.  This section of the work investigated dynamics of devoted groups of followers, phasing of movement patterns, and simple task based power dynamics. During the week I also taught a couple of company classes for the Carbondale based dance company Co-Motion, led a community workshop for all levels of movers, and presented a work-progress-showing of what we had created over the course of the residency.

Press: Interview with Carla Jean Whitley from the Post Independent

Video: Dance Initiative Presents Artist in Residence Christiana Axelsen

 

 

2016 Performances and Events

NOV 1-14   CREATIVE RESIDENCY: ISTANBUL

My new work Fall Lower - Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey - Showing Nov 11 at 5pm

Video of Fall Lower at Akbank Sanat performed by Deniz Sancak and Umut Sevgül

 

OCT 27   PERFORMANCE: VASSAR COLLEGE

Molissa Fenley's Duet Program with Frank Cassara and Ralph Harris - Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY - Oct 27 at 8pm

 

OCT 7  PERFORMANCE: NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Molissa Fenley's Duet Program - Tisch School of the Arts, New York University - Oct 7 at 3pm

 

AUG 29-SEP 2   CREATIVE RESIDENCY: KAATSBAAN

Christopher Williams' Il Giardino d’Amore - Kaatsbaan Arts Center in Tivoli, NY - Aug 29-Sept 2

 

JUL 18-26   CREATIVE RESIDENCY: SANTA FE

Molissa Fenley with visual artist Robert Gaylord - National Dance Institute, Santa Fe, NM

 

JUL 17   PERFORMANCE: SANTA FE

Molissa Fenley's Duet Program - The Railyard Performance Center, Santa Fe, NM - Jul 17 at 8pm

 

JUN 14-18   PERFORMANCE: NEW YORK

Molissa Fenley's Water Table - New York Live Arts, New York - Jun 14-18 at 7:30pm

 

JUN 11   PERFORMANCE: KAATSBAAN

Christopher Williams' Il Giardino d’Amore & Dardanus - Kaatsbaan Arts Center in Tivoli, NY - Jun 11 at 8pm

 

JUN 6-11  CREATIVE RESIDENCY: KAATSBAAN

Christopher Williams' Il Giardino d’Amore - Kaatsbaan Arts Center in Tivoli, NY

 

APR 30   PERFORMANCE: NEW YORK

Courtney Krantz' Rhapsody xyz - LMCC Workspace Residency Open Studio Performances - Apr 30 at 2:45 & 4pm

Video of Rhapsody xyz by Courtney Krantz featuring Christiana Axelsen

 

APR 18-29   CREATIVE RESIDENCY: LMCC

Courtney Krantz' Rhapsody xyz - LMCC Workspace Residency in the Chase Manhattan Building, New York

 

APR 16  PERFORMANCE: STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Molissa Fenley's Water Table - The Anderson Collection, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA - Apr 16 at 2pm

 

APR 14  PERFORMANCE: MILLS COLLEGE

Molissa Fenley's Water Table - Mills Art Museum, Mills College, Oakland, CA - Apr 14 at 7pm

 

APR 1-2  PERFORMANCE: AMERICAN DANCE INSTITUTE

Pam Tanowitz's the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces - American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD - Apr 1-2 at 8pm

 

MAR 1-26  CREATIVE RESIDENCY: CAPTIVA ISLAND

Christopher Williams' Il Giardino d’Amore - Rauschenberg Foundation Residency on Captiva Island, FL

 

FEB 15-26  CREATIVE RESIDENCY: GOVERNOR'S ISLAND

Courtney Krantz' Rhapsody xyz - LMCC Process Space Residency on Governor's Island, New York

 

FEB 9  PERFORMANCE: NEW YORK

My work Contemporary Dance Solo #1 with Duet - DanceRoulette Festival at Roulette, Brooklyn - Feb 9 at 8pm

 

JAN 30  PERFORMANCE: PITTSBURGH

My work Contemporary Dance Solo #1 - Second Saturday Performance Series, The Space Upstairs, Pittsburgh, PA - Jan 30 at 8pm

 

JAN 24-30  CREATIVE RESIDENCY: PITTSBURGH

My work Contemporary Dance Solo #1 - The Space Upstairs, Pittsburgh, PA

 

JAN 9  PERFORMANCE: SANTA BARBARA

Molissa Fenley - Salon Series curated by Diane Vapnek, Santa Barbara, CA - Jan 9 at 5:30pm