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Rhythm Field

The Dance of Molissa Fenley

Molissa Fenley, one of the most influential artists of postmodern dance, has had a lasting impact on performance. In dance, she has explored extreme effort and duration in highly crafted patterns and performed with an explosive, joyous energy that infused her work with endurance, balance, and life force. She challenged modern dance orthodoxy and redefined the character of a woman’s moving body in the late twentieth century, bringing postmodernized ritual to the stage.

Rhythm Field is a vivid and probing portrait of Fenley’s four-decade career, written by her fellow artists. The collection functions as a multifaceted look into one woman’s complex performing arts legacy. The result is itself an aesthetic undertaking that investigates the ways in which Fenley straddles dance traditions, art genres, and gender norms and has been a model to the field. The collection offers several scholarly analyses of the choreographer’s work, and is, above all, a vibrant record from the field. Rhythm Field sits at a necessary midpoint between criticism and scholarship.

184 pages | 48 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015


Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents

A Chronology of Molissa Fenley’s Works
Foreword - Philip Glass
Watching a Friend Becoming - Bill T. Jones
Walking with Molissa Fenley - Ann Murphy
An Interview with Peter Boal - Ann Murphy
Intuition and Magic - Molissa Fenley
The Sovereign Soloist: States of Exceptional Labour and State of Darkness - Richard Move
Poems - Bob Holman
A Conversation with Tere O’Connor - Molissa Fenley
Visual Dance - Paz Tanjuaquio
     The Chair, and Other Pieces - David Moodey
     Mix - Elizabeth Streb
     Dance and the Nature of Mind - Rande Brown
Epilogue: The Composite View - Stephen Greco
Notes on Contributors

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