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This fall, The Joyce returns to our iconic Chelsea home with a collection of seven separate livestreamed solo performances.



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

October 24 – November 1

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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 this fall, 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, broadcast live each weekend from The Joyce stage. 

This year, The Joyce Theater’s annual benefit, the popular Choreographers & Cocktails, offers a virtual experience to dance lovers all over the globe. Tickets to Choreographers & Cocktails include all seven live performances of State of Darkness with access to view on-demand through November 7; a special discussion with choreographer Molissa Fenley and dancers moderated by Peter Boal; and a schedule of behind-the-scenes content, silent auction, and more.

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 start at $12 per household. Livestreamed performances will be available for viewing until November 7, 2020.


Access all performances, behind the scenes footage, a virtual silent auction, and more by purchasing all inclusive tickets to Choreographers & Cocktails.

Performance Schedule

Saturday, October 24

  • 5pm ET – Performance of State of Darkness featuring Michael Trusnovec
  • 8pm ET – Performance of State of Darkness featuring Jared Brown

Sunday, October 25

  • 5pm ET – Performance of State of Darkness featuring Annique Roberts
  • 8pm ET – Performance of State of Darkness featuring Shamel Pitts

Saturday, October 31

  • 5pm ET – Performance of State of Darkness featuring Lloyd Knight
  • 8pm ET – Performance of State of Darkness featuring Cassandra Trenary

Sunday, November 1

  • 5pm ET – Performance of State of Darkness featuring Sara Mearns



Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps” (The Rite of Spring) (McPhee arrangement).  By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.

Livestream produced by Nel Shelby Productions.




Leadership support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been provided by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.


Leadership support for The Joyce’s presentation of dance is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Leadership support for The Joyce's annual programming is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation.

Shamel Pitts's State of Darkness performance is supported in part by the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.

Michael Trusnovec’s State of Darkness performance is supported in part by John and Margaret Falk, and Stephen and Cathy Weinroth.

Special funding for the restaging of State of Darkness was provided by the Executive Director’s Fund at The Joyce Theater Foundation, with support from Jessica Lang Dance, Inc.

Programs of The Joyce are 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.

Ticket Prices

Tickets start at $12 per household. The livestreamed performances will be available for streaming until November 7, 2020.

All tickets can be purchased online. For questions, please call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. JoyceCharge is open noon-4pm Monday-Friday.