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"Best of Dance 2020" by The New York Times


presents an encore performance of


By Molissa Fenley
A Collection of Seven Separate Live Solo Performances of
Fenley’s 1988 Tour de Force Work


December 13 - January 10

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Run Time: Approximately 35 minutes

About State of Darkness

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.