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By Molissa Fenley
A Collection of Seven Separate Live Solo Performances of
Fenley’s 1988 Tour de Force Work
December 13 - January 10
Run Time: Approximately 35 minutes
Choreographer Molissa Fenley’s celebrated solo work, State of Darkness, finds new life at The Joyce Theater, performed by a new generation of New York’s acclaimed dancers. Our audiences are virtually invited to watch this unique collection of solo performances of Fenley’s tour de force work, previously recorded live this fall from The Joyce stage.
Originally commissioned by the American Dance Festival in 1988, State of Darkness challenges Stravinsky’s cacophonous “Le Sacre du Printemps” (The Rite of Spring) with an intense 35-minute solo performance of relentless fervency, technical precision, and fearless abandon. Fenley reimagined the commanding score as the sonic landscape for a solo journey, rather than the usual ensemble interpretations.
Adapting her creative process to our emergent world of social distance, Fenley restaged her solo individually with seven dancers: 2020 Juilliard grad Jared Brown; Lloyd Knight of Martha Graham Dance Company; Sara Mearns of the New York City Ballet; Shamel Pitts, former Batsheva Dance Company member; Annique Roberts of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE; Cassandra Trenary of American Ballet Theatre; and Michael Trusnovec of Paul Taylor American Dance Company. State of Darkness features original lighting design by David Moodey, and costume design by Marc Happel.
The Joyce Theater Foundation’s presentation of State of Darkness is dedicated to the memory of Joyce Trustees R. Britton Fisher (Trustee: 1999-2020) and Anh-Tuyet Nguyen (Trustee: 2007-2020; Vice Chair: 2018-2020). Brit and AT served The Joyce with wisdom, wit, and tireless dedication to furthering the art of dance.
Tickets are $12 per household. Livestreamed performances will be available for viewing until January 10, 2021 at 11:59pm ET.
Streamed live Thursday, December 10 at 5pm ET
In the latest installment of JoyceStream's Artist Talkback series, Joyce Director of Programming Aaron Mattocks sits down with STREB Artistic Director and Choreographer Elizabeth Streb. Tune in Thursday, December 10 at 5pm ET for this exclusive conversation of STREB's artistry.
Streamed live Tuesday, November 10 at 5pm Eastern Time
Join us for an exclusive, in depth conversation with Joyce Programming Director Aaron Mattocks and artist Michela Marino Lerman.
Michela has established herself as one of the world’s brightest stars of tap. In this conversation, Michela opens up about her first experience with tap, her expansive career, and her collaboration with composer and visual artist Jason Moran. Experience Michela and Jason's moving work, Jazz on a High Floor in the Afternoon, on JoyceStream, available for streaming November 9 through December 6.
Streamed live Friday, October 23 at noon Eastern Time
Our latest Artist Talkback features d. Sabela grimes, a choreographer, writer, composer, and educator, and Botis Seva, a dance artist, director, and choreographer, in conversation.
grimes, whose own interdisciplinary works investigate the physical and meta-physical efficacies of Afro-Diasporic cultural practices, invites Seva to discuss his own practice of experimenting with hip hop dance theatre as the Artistic Director of the London-based collective, Far From The Norm. The two artists deliberate how breaking the molds of tradition can allow space for play and exploration, and the delicacy of embedding details into movement that still reveals truths about our societal realities.
Special thanks to Lee Griffiths and Nicole Klaymoon for their help bringing this artist chat to fruition.
Streamed live Tuesday, July 28 at 7pm Eastern Time
Harlem Stage’s Dive Deeper joins forces with JoyceStream’s Artist Talkback series in a special co-presentation.
Using choreographer/composer/educator Olivier Tarpaga’s Declassified Memory Fragment as a framework, we discuss creating new work, institutional and artistic collaboration, and relationship building for presentation, with a particular focus on the challenges that BIPOC artists face around securing resources for new work development and touring. Joyce Theater director of programming Aaron Mattocks moderates a conversation with Harlem Stage director of programming and Dive Deeper host Monique Martin, and Olivier Tarpaga.
Streamed live Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Watch our Artist Talkback with Carlota Santana (Artistic Director of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana) and moderated by Aaron Mattocks (Joyce Director of Programming).
Streamed live Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Tune in to our Artist Talkback featuring Soledad Barrio and Martín Santangelo, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca's Artistic Director.
Streamed Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Join the conversation with choreographers David Parsons and Matthew Neenan as they discuss the works that would have premiered during Parsons Dance's previously scheduled performance at The Joyce. Moderated by Aaron Mattocks.
Streamed Monday, May 25, 2020
Moderated by Aaron Mattocks (Joyce Programming Director) and featuring Dormeshia, Jason Samuels Smith, Derick K. Grant, and Camille A. Brown.
Streamed live on Friday, May 15, 2020
Join us for a special Artist Talkback with Stephen Petronio and Joyce Programming Director Aaron Mattocks on the creative process for Stephen's work American Landscapes, and more!
Streamed live on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Tune into The Joyce Artist Talkback with Irene Rodríguez as she discusses the creative process for her pieces Solera and Encierro moderated by Laura Diffenderfer (Joyce Associate Director of Content Strategy).
Streamed live on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Join us for a special conversation with Osnel Delgado (Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Malpaso Dance Company; choreographer for 24 Hours and a Dog) and Arturo O'Farrill (music composer and performer), moderated by Ross LeClair (Joyce Producer).
Streamed live on Friday, April 24, 2020
Join us for an Artist Talkback with the creative team behind Trisha Brown Dance Company including Associate Artistic Director Carolyn Lucas, Artistic Consultant Diane Madden, and choreographer and dancer Lance Gries, moderated by Joyce Programming Director Aaron Mattocks.
Streamed live on Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Watch our Artist Talkback with the creative team behind BalletBoyz Deluxe including choreographers Xie Xin (Xiexin Dance Theatre) and Maxine Doyle (Punchdrunk) and BalletBoyz founders Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, moderated by Joyce Programming Director Aaron Mattocks.
Streamed live on April 14, 2020
Moderated by Aaron Mattocks (Joyce Programming Director) featuring Hervé Koubi (artistic director and choreographer) and Guillaume Gabriel (co-founder of Compagnie Hervé KOUBI).
Streamed live on April 6, 2020
Ronald K. Brown (EVIDENCE Artistic Director and Choreographer), Wunmi Omotayo Olaiya (Costume Designer / Recording Artist), and Peven Everett (Music Director for Grace (Live); Performer; Composer for "Gabriel", “Bless It” & "Rock Shock"). Moderated by Aaron Mattocks (Joyce Programming Director).
The opinions expressed in these conversations are those of the individual and do not necessarily reflect those of The Joyce.
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Programs of The Joyce Theater Foundation are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Speaker Corey Johnson; and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Major support has also been provided by Ford Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. Key support has been provided by First Republic Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and its National Dance Project, Jerome Robbins Foundation, and The SHS Foundation.
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