State of Darkness: An Interview with Molissa Fenley

About the Video

Molissa Fenley created her seminal work, State of Darkness in 1988. Recently, it was live-streamed from New York’s Joyce Theater, seven separate performances, each with a different dancer. Molissa recreated the work at The Dance Hub with the support of an AD&M Rent Subsidy Grant. In the interview, she talks about this work. She also shares her wisdom, as well as some fun stories from her far reaching and exceptional continuing career as an American modern dance choreographer and performer.

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State of Darkness: The Interview:

Carrie Diamond, director of The Dance Hub, interviews Molissa Fenley about the creation, revival, and performances of State of Darkness and about her new work, supported by a rent subsidy award from The Dance Hub.

State of Darkness: The Original Version

Choreography: Molissa Fenley, 1988
Music by Igor Stravinsky, “Le Sacre du Printemps” as played by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati conductor
Performance by Molissa Fenley
Recorded at the Joyce Theater, New York in October, 1990
Videographer: Mark Robison of Character Generators

For a limited time, the revival of State of Darkness, performed in 2020 at The Joyce Theater by seven exquisite dancers, can be seen on demand at the Joyce Theater Website.

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This project was partially funded by the Organizational Development Grants Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara as administered by Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture.

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Remember that dance has a dimension beyond the physical. The body – as imperfect as it always is –is only part of the picture. Your energy, the quality of your movement, your feeling about the world, your dance spirit — that is what we see under the lights.
— Mary Ellen Hunt