Biography

Biography

Molissa Fenley founded Molissa Fenley and Company in 1977 and has since created over 85 dance works during her continuing career.  She grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria traveling there with her family in 1961, completing all of her early education there in International Schools and her last two years of high school in Spain. She returned to the US in 1971 to study dance at Mills College in Oakland, California. Upon graduation in 1975, she moved to New York. With her company, Molissa Fenley and Company, and as a soloist working in collaboration with visual artists and composers, she has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.  Her work has been commissioned by the American Dance Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, the Dia Art Foundation, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, the New National Theater of Tokyo, The National Institute of Performing Arts in Seoul, The Kitchen, and Dance Theater Workshop/New York Live Arts. Both Cenotaph and State of Darkness were awarded a Bessie for Choreography in 1985 and 1988 respectively.  Molissa has also set many works on ballet and contemporary dance companies, most recently for the Oakland Ballet (Redwood Park), Pacific Northwest Ballet, (State of Darkness), Repertory Dance Theatre (Energizer), Barnard/Columbia (Amdo), Robert Moses' Kin (The Vessel Stories), and the Seattle Dance Project, (Planes in Air). She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, has enjoyed residencies at Yaddo, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Baryshnikov Art Center, Djerassi and is a twice recipient of awards from the Asian Cultural Council to visit Japan. Molissa is Professor of Dance at Mills College, in residence in the spring semesters, and often teaches choreographic and repertory workshops at other universities, most recently at Bennington, Barnard/Columbia and Hunter. Seagull Press/University of Chicago recently published Rhythm Field: The Dance of Molissa Fenley.

 

HISTORICAL BIO


Molissa Fenley (Choreographer and Performer) was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1954. She was six years old when her family moved to Ibadan, Nigeria where her father worked with USAID. She attended high school in Spain and then returned to the US to attend and graduate from Mills College in Oakland, California with a BA in Dance in 1975.  She moved to New York City that year and formed Molissa Fenley and Company in 1977. In her 40-year career she has choreographed over 85 works.



Early works were commissioned by The Kitchen (MIX, 1979), Dance Theater Workshop (ENERGIZER, 1980 and EUREKA, 1982) and the American Dance Festival (GENTLE DESIRE, 1981).   The company began to tour nationally and internationally in 1980.  The Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival commissioned HEMISPHERES in 1983, with music by Anthony Davis and visual element by Francesco Clemente and GEOLOGIC MOMENTS in 1986, with music by Philip Glass and Julius Eastman.  CENOTAPH (1985), with  music by Jamaaladeen Tacuma and text by Eric Bogosian and commissioned by Jacob's Pillow, was awarded a "Bessie" for Choreography.  STATE OF DARKNESS, a solo set to Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps. a commission from the American Dance Festival was performed over 50 times in many venues around the world. In 1990, the Brisbane Biennial featured this work with live orchestra, one of Fenley's most memorable performances.  A "Bessie" was awarded to State of Darkness, both for Fenley's performance in 1988 and for Peter Boal's performance in 1999.  Five dancers have danced this work to date:  Fenley, until 1994, Peter Boal from 1999-2000, and Rachel Foster, James Moore and Jonathan Porretta of the Pacific Northwest Ballet  in June 2007, where once again the work was performed with a live orchestra at the 125th anniversary of Stravinsky's music presented by the Pacific Northwest Ballet at McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA. The work remains in their repertory and was performed as part of their Director's Choice programing  March 14-25, 2014.



From 1988 through 1997, Fenley choreographed solo works in collaboration with contemporary visual artists and composers.  A few highlights include:  THE FLOOR DANCES (1989), with music by Henryk Gorecki and sculpture by Richard Long (revived in 2013 at New York Live Arts); WITCHES' FLOAT (1993), with music by Alvin Lucier and set by Kiki Smith, (revived in 2013 at New York Live Arts, performed by Holley Farmer); NULLARBOR (1993) with music by Robert Lloyd and set by Richard Long; BRIDGE OF DREAMS (1994) with music by Laurie Anderson and set by Kiki Smith; SITA (1995) with music by Philip Glass and photography by Sandi Fellman and TRACE (1996) with music by Jonathan Hart Makwaia, set by Roy Fowler and text by John Jesurun.



Since 1997, Fenley has returned to working with an ensemble.  Performances by the company have taken place at the Joyce Theater, Summerstage, The Kitchen, City Center, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, the Rovereto Festival, Italy, Jacob's Pillow, and many others. 

Company works from 1999-2016 include some of the following:  ON THE OTHER OCEAN (1999) with music by David Behrman; TIMBRAL INVENTIONS (1999) with music by John Cage; DELTA (1999) with music by John Cage; SKY GARDEN (2000) performed in silence; 331 STEPS (2001) with music by Laetitia Sonami and set by Merrill Wagner; KURO SHIO (2002) with music by Bun-Ching Lam; WATER COURSES (2002) with music by poet Joy Harjo; LAVA FIELD (2004) with music by John Bischoff; DESERT SEA (2004) with music by Lou Harrison; PATTERNS AND EXPECTATIONS (2005) with music by Fred Frith; DREAMING AWAKE (2006) with music by  Philip Glass; CALCULUS AND POLITICS (2007) with music by Harry Partch; COSMATI VARIATIONS 1-4 (2008) with music by John Cage; ICE,DEW,FOOD,CREW,APE (2009) with music by Alvin Curran and poetry by Bob Holman; DOUBLE BEGINNING  (2010) with poetry by Bob Holman; THE PROP DANCES (2010), a collaboration with five visual artists and four contemporary music composers: MASS BALANCE with prop by Todd Richmond and music by Cenk Ergun; 94 FEATHERS with props by Merrill Wagner and music by Cenk Ergun; PLANES IN AIR with props by Roy Fowler and music by Joan Jeanrenaud; PIECES OF LAND with props by Jene Highstein and music by Jason Hoopes and PROP DANCE #5 with props by Keith Sonnier and music by Lainie Fefferman; THE VESSEL STORIES, (2011), a work in three parts with music by Philip Glass, String Quartet #4 (Buczak); CREDO IN US (2011), with music by John Cage and CROSS BRIDGE (2012), a work made in collaboration with Holley Farmer, John Jesurun, David Moodey and Rosemary Quinn; FOUND OBJECT (2013), with contributions from Roy Fowler (painter), Erin Gee (composer), John Guare (playwright), Joy Harjo (poet), Jene Highstein (sculptor) and Rudy Wurlitzer (writer) commissioned and premiered at New York Live Arts; REDWOOD PARK (2014) commissioned by Oakland Ballet; REDWOOD PARK II (2014) premiered in New York. DANCE AN IMPOSSIBLE SPACE (2014), a collaboration with Erin Gee; SEVEN (2015, a piece commissioned by Dana and Shinichi Iova-Koga as part of 95 Rituals for Anna Halprin; WATER TABLE (2016), a work in 8 parts; RUE SURF (2016), a collaboration with poet Bob Holman and Molissa Fenley presented in celebration of New Wave, an exhibition of paintings by Roy Fowler. Fort Gansevoort Gallery, New York; CIRCADIAN RHYTHM (2016), a duet for Christiana Axelsen and Molissa Fenley created in collaboration with visual artist Robert Gaylor with music by Peter Garland, presented in residence at the National Dance Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Ms. Fenley's work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong, among others.  She has choreographed works for the Ohio Ballet (FERAL, 1986); the Australian Dance Theatre (A DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM, 1986);  the Deutsche Oper Ballet of Berlin (BRIDGE OF DREAMS, 1994); the National Ballet School of Canada (INNER ENCHANTMENTS, 1986); the Performing Dance Company at the University of Utah (TIMBRAL INVENTIONS, 1999), ESCALAY, 1999) and I AND YOU RESEMBLE EACH OTHER, NOW, 1999); Peter Boal (WAITING FOR RAIN, 2002) the Korea/Japan Performing Arts Exchange Association (KURO SHIO, 2003);  DESERT SEA (2005) for the Repertory Dance Theater, Salt Lake City, STATE OF DARKNESS for Peter Boal in 1999, for the Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2007, for Rebecca Chaleff in 2016; CASTOR and PLANES IN AIR for the Seattle Dance Project and THE VESSEL STORIES (2012) for Robert Moses' Kin. Her work has also been performed by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Elisa Monte and David Brown, Dance Alloy, Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Richard Move, Felicia Norton and Li Chiao-Ping, and others.  Her work resides in the repertory companies of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Georgia at Athens and Mills College in Oakland, California. LATITUDES (1997), a dance for the web commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation, can be viewed at 
www.diaart.org/program/exhibitions-projects/molissa-fenley-latitudes-web-project/molissa-fenley-latitudes-web-project/title.html

Fenley has been on the dance faculty at Mills College since 1999, in residence every spring semester.  Since 2003, she has also taught choreography at the Experimental Theater Wing of New York University. She was awarded a Rome Prize for a six month residency at the American Academy in Rome from February through August 2008, and named a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. 

Some highlights over the last decade: In February 2009 Molissa was in residence at  the Atlantic Center for the Arts where ICE, DEW, FOOD, CREW, APE with music by Alvin Curran and poetry by Bob Holman premiered.  During this time New York City performances of the company include the Judson Memorial Church in September 2009; as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the 92nd Street  Y in March, 2010; THE PROP DANCES, works made in collaboration with five contemporary visual artists and four composers and the revival of Regions (1995), supported by an award from the NEA American Masterpieces Initiative at Joyce Soho, November 2010.  The following year, the premiere of THE VESSEL STORIES at the Days and Nights Festival in Carmel, California August 2011; CREDO IN US,  a new work set to the John Cage score from 1942, premiered at the Art Museum at Mills College on September 2011. Both THE VESSEL STORIES and CREDO IN US received their New York premieres at the Judson Memorial Church in January 2012. CROSS BRIDGE, a work made in collaboration with Holley Farmer, John Jesurun, David Moodey and Rosemary Quinn premiered at Club La MaMa in December 2012. FOUND OBJECT and the revivals of ENERGIZER, THE FLOOR DANCES and WITCHES' FLOAT were presented at New York Live Arts in October 2013. 


In November 2013 Molissa had a fellowship at Bogliasco in Genova, Italy, where she created and performed a new work DANCE AN IMPOSSIBLE SPACE. In April 2014 Molissa collaborated with Alvin Curran on BEAMS at Mills College Art Museum, In September 2014 Molissa Fenley, Christiana Axelsen, Rebecca Chaleff, Evan Flood, Matthew Robert and Stephanie Salts performed at the Judson Memorial Church with the New York Premiere of REDWOOD PARK PARTS 1 and 2, EPSERANTO REVIVAL and DANCE AND IMPOSSIBLE SPACE. Later in 2014 Molissa performed ENTRANCE with Christiana Axelsen. In February 2015 Rebecca Chaleff, Christiana Axelsen and Molissa performed at Stanford University with ON THE OTHER OCEAN and other pieces. 

 
RHYTHM FIELD: THE DANCE OF MOLISSA FENLEY with essays by Molissa and her colleagues including Peter Boal, Rande Brown, Bob Holman, Bill T. Jones, David Moodey, Richard Move, Ann Murphy, Tere O'Connor, Elizabeth Streb and Paz Tanjuaquio,  with foreword by Philip Glass and epilogue by Stephen Greco and including archival photographs was published by Seagull Press in July 2015.

Company Biographies

Christiana Axelsen

Christiana Axelsen has been dancing with Molissa Fenley since 2013. She assists Molissa in reconstructing major repertory works and has served as a rehearsal director setting Molissa’s work on Oakland Ballet, (Redwood Park), Repertory Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, (Energizer), and Barnard/Columbia, (Amdo). She currently performs with Christopher Williams and Courtney Kantz and has previously danced with Korhan Basaran, Dylan Crossman, Beth Gill, Mana Kawamura, Raja Kelly, Michou Szabo, Pam Tanowitz, and zoe|juniper, among others. Her own work has been shown at Dance Roulette, The Invisible Dog, Mabou Mines, Brooklyn Art Exchange (NYC);  the Space Upstairs (Pittsburgh), Velocity Dance Center (Seattle); Dance Initiative (Carbondale, Colorado); and Akbank Sanat Contemporary Arts Center (Istanbul). She has a BA in Dance and Geology from Mount Holyoke College and is the Director of Bainbridge Dance Center (Bainbridge, WA).



 

 


Jared Brown

Jared Brown, born and raised in Dallas, TX, graduated from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where he performed in the works of choreographers Lar Lubovitch, Sidra Bell, Aszure Barton, Manuel Vignoulle, Robert Battle, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Take Ueyama, Loni Landon, and Emery Lecrone. Jared has also performed with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Allegro Performing Ensemble in works by Katricia Eaglin, Zach Ingram, and Claude Alexander lll. He was named a Texas Young Master in Modern Dance in 2014 and a finalist in Modern Dance and Honorable Mention in Choreography at the National YoungArts Week. Jared was honored as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, received a gold medal of recognition from President Barack Obama, and performed at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Debbie Allen. Entering his 3rd year at The Juilliard School, Jared has had the pleasure of performing works by Crystal Pite, José Limón, Gentian Doda, and John Heginbotham. Jared made his first international artistic debut performing throughout Italy with Molissa Fenley and Company last summer. He is happy to be able to continue working with such great artists. 

Rebecca Chaleff

Rebecca Chaleff, PhD from the department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University, is presently a post-doctorate mentor at the University of California, Riverside. She has had the pleasure of performing with Pat Catterson, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, among others, and is also currently a member of GeraldCaselDance. Rebecca co-founded The Becky Collective with colleague Rebecca Ormiston in 2012 to create collaborative dance theater; most recently, they co-devised and co-directed fox mirror forest, a site-specific work set in Stanford's Frost Amphitheater. Since joining Molissa Fenley and Company in 2012, Rebecca has had the pleasure of reconstructing and originating roles in numerous works that span the breadth of Fenley's oeuvre. This spring she had the privilege of learning Fenley's iconic State of Darkness; she is now one of the four women who perform the dance.

 

Betsy Cooper

Betsy Cooper is dean of The Hartt School, University of Hartford, and will soon be relocating to the west coast to chair the department of dance at California State University at Long Beach. From 2001-2015, Betsy taught at the University of Washington where she directed their dance program and served as divisional dean of arts in the College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to university teaching, Betsy performed with classical and contemporary companies nationally and abroad, including Nationaltheater Mannheim, Matthew Nash Music & Dance, San Francisco Opera Ballet, Makarova & Company and Connecticut Ballet. For seven seasons, Betsy was a member of the Seattle Dance Project, premiering in works by Edward Liang, Molissa Fenley, Hilde Koch and Heidi Vierthaler.  Her choreography has been commissioned by Seattle Dance Project, Connecticut Ballet, Bucknell University, Western Washington University, and Arc Dance Company, where she was the resident choreographer from 2007-2011. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington, a BA, with honors, in Archeological Studies from Yale University, and is a recipient of a 2004 Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington.

Holley Farmer

Holley Farmer's performances with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (1997-2009) include multiple seasons at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Paris Opera, Théâtre de la Ville, the Barbican, and venues in 23 countries.  In 2010 she danced on Broadway originating the principal role of Babe in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, for which she received an Astaire Award Nomination.  Her solo work has appeared at New York Live Arts, the Museum of Arts and Design, LaMama, the Joyce Theater, and Jacob's Pillow.  She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA in dance from the University of Washington (Timeless Award Recipient).  She has taught at Mills College, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College, Nassau Community College, Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, City Center, BkSD among others.  She has been featured in Dance Magazine, (cover) Dance Teacher Magazine, (cover) Time Out NY, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, LA Times, among others.  This is her fourth project with Molissa Fenley.

Giada Ferrone

Giada Ferrone, originally from Florence, Italy, has worked as a performer, educator, choreographer, curator and producer in New York City since 1998. She holds a BA in Dance from Suny Empire State College and has taught ballet and partnering at NYU Tisch School of The Arts since 2008. She has been a full-time member of the Faculty at NYU since 2013 and is currently serving as Tisch’s Second Avenue Dance Company Co-Director and Director of Dance Accompanists; she also guest teaches and produces dance and music performances across Europe, Asia and South America. Ferrone is Artistic Director of Toscana Dance HUB, Music HUB, The Nutcracker NYC and The Nutcracker NYC Gives Back. A year after graduating from the Marga Nativo’s ballet training program at the Florence Dance Center in 1988, she was forever changed by a performance of Molissa Fenley at the Florence Dance Festival. That fierce performance inspired her to pursue a career in contemporary dance; today she finds herself thrilled and honored to be performing Mix with Molissa Fenley and Company. 

Kristen Foote

New York City–based dancer, performer, teacher, Limón reconstructor and coach, KRISTEN FOOTE is originally from Toronto, Canada, and joined the Limón Dance Company in 2000 - where she was a principal dancer - and Dance Heginbotham in 2012. Ms. Foote has performed as a soloist in roles by many noted choreographers including: José Limón, Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Jiří Kylián, Donald McKayle, Lar Lubovitch, Rodrigo
Pederneiras, Susanne Linke, Murray Louis and John Heginbotham. She was a Radio City Rockette, has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group and been featured as a lead dancer in music videos. Foote was a guest artist with Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener’s 3D Dance on Film project Tesseract directed by Charles Atlas and was a featured dancer in An Ode To a performance piece created, composed, choreographed and performed by Solange Knowles for The Red Bull Music Academy Festival at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She has recently performed in Megan Williams’ One Woman Show at Joe’s Pub and will return to her role as the “the Cat” in Isaac Mizrahi’s production of Peter and the Wolf choreographed by John Heginbotham as part of the Works in Process at the Guggenheim series. Ms.Foote is currently attending New York University Tisch School of the Arts for her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Dance.

Ananda Gonzalez

Ananda González is originally from Washington D.C. and has received training in ballet, various modern techniques, contemporary, and contact improvisation from Maryland Youth Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Rock School for Dance Education, and Barnard College. She earned her B.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She has had the great privilege of working with distinguished choreographers such as Christopher K. Morgan, Reggie Wilson, Bill Young, Lance Gries, Patricia Hoffbauer, Chase Brock, and Molissa Fenley. Earlier this year, Ananda had the distinct pleasure of performing in a reconstruction of Molissa Fenley's Geologic Moments at The Kitchen. She has also recently begun her career as a choreographer, alongside her twin sister. Together they have created an evening length dance piece, & swan song, that premiered at The Glicker-Milstein Theatre at Barnard, and are currently working on their second short dance film entitled t e e t h

India Gonzalez

India González is a recent Columbia University graduate, and current MFA candidate at NYU concentrating in poetry. She is well versed in ballet, pointe, partnering, modern, and contemporary, among other dance styles. Growing up she studied under the prestigious Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Maryland Youth Ballet, and The Rock School for Dance Education. She has had the pleasure of working with Reggie Wilson, Lance Gries, Faye Driscoll, Jodi Melnick, and Molissa Fenley. In 2017 she performed Getting Away With Murder, a piece by Patricia Hoffbauer, as part of the La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival. Earlier this year India also danced in Molissa Fenley's reconstruction of her thrilling 1986 Geologic Moments. India is also a choreographer and has created a dance film, you must be related, and an evening length dance piece, & swan song, alongside her twin sister. For their second dance film, entitled t e e t h, they will examine the performance of masculinity in American culture. Outside of dance, India is also a professionally trained actor and musician.

Peiling Kao

Peiling Kao, a native of Taipei, Taiwan, has been a freelance dancer for 16 years. After graduating from Taipei National University of the Arts in 1996 with a BFA in Dance, she worked as a full-time teacher at Cloud Gate Dance School in Taiwan. She has trained in ballet, contemporary, modern dance, Chinese Traditional Dance, Chinese Martial Art, improvisation, and contact improvisation. In 2007, Kao was awarded the Taiwan-England artists’ residency, hosted by Independent Dance based at Siobhan Davis Studios in London. In 2010, she finished her MFA in Choreography and Performance at Mills College, receiving an E.L Wiegand Foundation Award for excellence in performance and choreography. In 2012, she was awarded an Izzie (Isadora Duncan Dance Award) for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for the collaborative work, Terra Incognita: Revisited. Peiling is presently an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Prior to this recent appointment, she taught dance at Mills College, Austin Peay State University, and at the Chinese American International School as a visiting artist. Her work has been presented at Austin Peay State University, The Garage and the Luggage Store Gallery in SF, and Temescal Art Center and Mills College in Oakland. She has danced with Molissa Fenley and Company since 2010.

Peter Kyle

Peter Kyle is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, filmmaker and Artistic Director of Peter Kyle Dance, founded in 2006. He toured internationally as a soloist with Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance, and performed with the companies of Mark Morris, Erick Hawkins, Gina Gibney, Laura Glenn, and the theater company P3/east. He has received choreographic commissions and residencies across the U.S. and overseas in Scotland, Norway, Germany, Cyprus, Mexico, and China. His company has performed to critical acclaim throughout NYC and across the U.S. and his Tiny Dance Film Series has been installed at festivals, galleries, and theaters internationally since 2006. In 2017 his short film crowd SEEN was an official selection in the 45th Annual Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center. He is a longtime faculty member at Bard College and Marymount Manhattan College, and leads annual workshops at Bearnstow, a summer place for the arts in rural Maine, where he was recently named Associate Director. Kyle serves on the Board of Directors at Triskelion Arts, in Brooklyn, has received awards and grants from Simpson Center for the Humanities, Washington State Arts Commission, American Music Center’s Live Music for Dance program, New York Foundation for the Arts, Mertz Gilmore Foundation via Triskelion Arts, U.S. Embassies in China and Ukraine, and was a 2016 Fulbright Specialist grantee in Kiev, Ukraine. www.peterkyledance.org.

Paz Tanjuaquio

Paz Tanjuaquio is a choreographer, performer and artist based in NYC since 1990. As a dancer, she first performed with Molissa Fenley in 1997 in the solo Sita at the Joyce Theater and has since had the pleasure of dancing in many of Fenley’s group works. She received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and her BA in Visual Arts from University of California, San Diego. Awards for her own work in collaboration with composer/artist Todd Richmond include National Endowment for the Arts, American Dance Festival’s International Screendance, Meet The Composer/Commissioning USA, among others. In 2000, the collaborators co-founded TOPAZ ARTS, Inc. in Woodside, NY, establishing a creative space for the performing and visual arts.

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Timothy Ward

Timothy Ward grew up in Abita Springs, LA. He graduated at the top of his class from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts in Dance and went on to earn a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School.

During his time as a student Timothy performed repertory works by Jiri Kylian, Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham, and Ohad Naharin. Additionally,  while in school he performed new works by Adam Weinert, Belinda Mcguire, Robert Battle, Elisa Monte, Alan Heinline, Doug Varone, Michelle Mola, Miguel Lopez, Jan miller, Karen Hebert, Amaury Lebrun, Janis Brenner and himself. After college Tim was the last man Merce Cunningham hired to join the Repertory Understudy Group, before he passed away in 2009. As a professional Timothy has performed new works by Young Soon Kim, Igal Perry, Sidra Bell, Mary Seidman, Tze Chun, Carlye Eckert, Lucie Baker, John Zurek, Wendy Osserman, Cori Kresge, Elizabeth Keen, Andrea Miller, and Brynt Beitman. Tim currently has the pleasure of dancing for Douglas Dunn, Dusan Tynek, Alison Cook Beatty, Julia Gleich, and the Brooklyn Ballet. Timothy has admired Molissa's work from afar and now has the chance to dance it.

Alyssa Lee Wilmot

Alyssa Lee Wilmot, Assistant to Molissa Fenley, Former Company member began her studies with Molissa as a graudate student at Mills College. Alyssa received her BA in Philosophy, Dance and Political Science from The College of Wooster, and an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from Mills College. Alyssa holds numerous Pilates and fitness certifications and owns and operates The Movement Factory in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a faculty member and a visiting artist at a variety of colleges, universities, and performance spaces, and has performed and had work presented nationally and internationally. Alyssa has served as Molissa Fenley's assistant since 2010 and performed with Molissa Fenley and Company intermittently from 2002-2011. 


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