2018 PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

DEC 14-16 PERFORMANCE: SEATTLE

55 Bethune Street - a new work created for Merce 100 at Velocity Dance Center - Dec 14-16 at 8pm

I am creating and performing a new work for Seattle’s first installment of the international year-long Merce Cunningham Centennial. From Dec 14 -16, Velocity will be a hub of performance, workshops + conversations curated around the ideas and influence of Merce Cunningham, one of the most important choreographers of the 20th Century. As a Washington native and former student at Cornish, Cunningham is one the most influential artists ever to come out of the city of Seattle. Velocity is thrilled to highlight his impact on leading Seattle artists working today in an evening of new work created especially for this event. Celebrate with 8 of Seattle’s finest dance champions and favorite Velocity alum.

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OCT 20 PERFORMANCE: SEATTLE

Victoria Haven & Heather Kravas - solid objects, presentation A at Oxbow - Oct 20 open doors 2-7pm

solid objects, presentation A is a shared vision between visual artist Victoria Haven and choreographer Heather Kravas. Born from their long-standing friendship, Haven and Kravas come together to investigate something acutely personal while discovering ways to complete and complicate the action of another. By illuminating forces such as listening, presence and attention, solid objects, presentation A proposes a challenge to traditional distinctions between visual and performing art; questioning artistic tropes like the “vision” of the director, the commodity of visual objects, the dancer as “tool” and the neutrality of abstraction. Fundamentally feminist, this project will create new frames within existing ones, repositioning assumed relationships between objects, performances, audiences and people.

solid objects, presentation A at Oxbow, marks the first in a series of encounters which will take Haven and Kravas to a variety of institutions and cities over the course of several years. On October 20th, the artists opened the doors of Oxbow two weeks into their process, inviting an audience to witness their work underway. For this 'afternoon-into-evening' singular event, the public was invited to come and go/stay as they please while the artists rehearsed, rendered, cooked, rested and observed.

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MAY 14 PERFORMANCE: NYC

Courtney Krantz - Rhapsody XYZ - Movement Research at Judson Church - May 14 at 8pm

Movement Research at Judson Church is a free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists, and join Movement Research Artists-In-Residence and international guests each season in performing at the historic Judson Memorial Church. Rhapsody XYZ was developed as part of Lower Manhattan Council's Workspace Program (2015-2016).

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JAN 30 PERFORMANCE: NYC

Molissa Fenley and Company - Geologic Moments at The Kitchen as part of the Julius Eastman Festival - Jan 30 at 8pm

Molissa Fenley returned to The Kitchen to perform her work Geologic Moments, which she developed with a new score commissioned from Eastman as part of Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in 1986. Accompanied by a remastered recording of the performance by Eastman and Joyce Solomon, this dance for six (including Fenley) begins in a slow tempo and dynamically accelerates, concluding in a solo for Eastman's baritone titled “One God.” Together, they explored the rhythmic interplay that epitomized Eastman's collaborative work in dance. Anna Kisselgoff described the work in the New York Times writing “this viewer was reminded of Kandinsky, of the idea that apparent abstraction contains a metaphysical point of view.” Dancers in this work include: Christiana Axelsen, Jared Brown, Molissa Fenley, Ananda González, India González, and Peter Kyle. Lighting design after Gary Mintz by David Moodey.

2017 PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

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NOV 29-30 PERFORMANCE: PHILADELPHIA

Christopher Williams Dance - Wolf in Skins - Kimmel Center for the Arts - Nov 29 & 30 at 8pm

Philadelphia Dance Projects in partnership with American Opera Projects presented this “Informance” with Choreographer, Christopher Williams and Composer, Gregory Spears as the culmination of a creative artist residency to further develop their original dance opera, WOLF-IN-SKINS. An “Informance” is a work-in-progress showing, where the artists are in conversation with the audience about the content of the work, their ideas and inspiration.  Dancers, singers and musicians performed select sections from the work. Wolves, hounds, fay milkmaids and other mythical characters fill this dance opera that draws inspiration from a cycle of Welsh romance tales that preserve pre-Celtic and pre-Christian elements. It views marginalized or outmoded cultural relics, celebrating the “otherness” inherent in early Welsh literature, through a contemporary lens. Press: Broad Street Review

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SEP 29 PERFORMANCE: CARMEL

Molissa Fenley and Company - The Days & Nights Festival - Sept 29 at 7:30pm

Molissa and I performed excerpts from Water Table (2016) at Philip Glass’s Days and Nights Festival in Carmel, California. This version of Water Table was performed with live percussion/viola accompaniment by Frank Cassara and David Harding.

JUL 15   PERFORMANCE: FLORENCE

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

Molissa and I perfomred 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 created during a two-week creative residency in Istanbul 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.

 

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