Molissa Fenley

(b. 1954)

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(b Las Vegas, Nev., 15 Nov. 1954)

US dancer and choreographer. She studied dance at Mills College, California (1971–5) and in 1978 made her New York choreographic and performance debut at the Cunningham studio with Planets. Her performing style was unusually fast and energetic, its exhaustive repetitions of movement made possible by Fenley's intensively athletic training programme. Her own stamina was particularly tested in extended solo works such as Eureka (1982) and State of Darkness (1988, a solo version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring), Sita (mus. Glass, 1995), and Trace (mus. Hart Makwaia, text Jesurun, 1997). More recently she has created group works, such as Hemispheres (mus. Anthony Davis, 1983) and Desert Sea (mus. Harrison, 2005) for her own ensemble, as well as A Descent into the Maelstrom (mus. P. Glass, 1986) for Australian Dance Theatre and Bridge of Dreams (1994) for Berlin Opera Ballet. Link to Fenley's website

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