Molissa Fenley | Roxanne Steinberg | Jonah Bokaer with C. C. Chang | Nina Winthrop with Maggie Bennett

Doors 8 PM | $10

BASILICA HUDSON is pleased to present an evening of FOUR DANCE SOLOS IN ONE HOUR on Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 8PM.  Performances will include pieces by the highly innovative and charismatic dancers, Molissa Fenley, Jonah Bokaer (danced by CC Chang), Nina Winthrop (danced by Maggie Bennett), and Roxanne Steinberg.   This will be a rare meeting of four extraordinary women with intriguingly contrasting styles and approaches.  Reception to follow – $10 entry.

Choreography: Molissa Fenley
Performance: Molissa Fenley

Molissa Fenley is a New York based choreographer and performer. Molissa formed Molissa Fenley and Dancers in 1977 and has since created over 75 dance works during her continuing career. Ms. Fenley’s work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Korea,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, Lincoln Center, the New National Theater of Tokyo, The National Institute of Performing Arts in Seoul, Korea, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, and many others. Both Cenotaph and State of Darkness were awarded a Bessie for Choreography in 1985 and 1988, respectively. Molissa has been on the dance faculty as an Associate Professor of Dance at Mills College since 1999, in residence for the spring semesters only, and often teaches choreography at the Experimental Theater Wing of New York University. Molissa has also created numerous works on ballet and contemporary dance companies, most recently for the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Seattle Dance Project and Robert Moses’ Kin, and also including the Ohio Ballet, the Australian Dance Theatre, the Deutsche Opera Ballet of Berlin, the National Ballet School of Canada, the Performing Dance Company at the University of Utah, Peter Boal, the Korea/Japan Performing Arts Exchange Association, and the Repertory Dance Theater, Salt Lake City. 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, Li Chiao-Ping and Paz Tanjuaquio. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a Master Artist of the Atlantic Center of the Arts.  Recent awards include the American Masterpieces Initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (2010) and the Mills College Sarlo Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011).

Photo Credit: Paula Court

Choreography: Roxanne Steinberg
Performance: Roxanne Steinberg

Roxanne Steinberg has danced with composers and musicians Yas Kaz, Paul Chavez, Kenta Nagai, Tatsuya Nakatani, Leon Mobley, Motoko Honda, Myra Melford & Alex Cline and for dancers Min Tanaka and Amagatsu of Sankai Juku. A graduate of Bennington College and a founder of Body Weather Laboratory in L.A. (1987), she has performed and taught with Oguri since 1990 and was presented in Flower of the Season, a performance series she now co-directs. She has choreographed for Body Vox in Portland and has participated numerous times in Dance Conversations at the Flea in New York.  She is Special Projects Coordinator at artist Lauren Bon’s Metabolic Studio in Los Angeles. Grants: Department of Cultural Affairs Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Annenberg Foundation, Durfee Foundation. She is an artist-in-residence Electric Lodge, Venice.

Choreography: Nina Winthrop
Performance: Maggie Bennett
Music: Jon Gibson
Costume: Naoko Nagata

Nina Winthrop formed her company, Nina Winthrop and Dancers, in 1991. Her works and films have been presented at venues throughout the US and abroad, including Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Mabou Mines’ Toronada Theater at PS 122, Roulette, and The Flea Theater. Nina was awarded a Bessie Schönberg Choreographers’ Residency at The Yard in 2004, a Dancenow/NYC’s Silo Artist Residency in 2005, and participated in the Schönberg Choreographers Lab at DTW in 2005. A graduate of Bennington College, Nina danced with Wendy Perron, Susan Rethorst, Yoshiko Chuma, Sally Silvers and Kei Takei, with whom she toured the USA and Japan. She studied with Erick Hawkins, Merce Cunningham and Deborah Hay.

Maggie Bennett is an independent dancer and choreographer living in New York City.  She was an Artist in Residence at Dance Theater Workshop, Fresh Tracks Program 2008, and again in 2010/2011 through the Studio Series Residency Program.  She was a 2009/2010 Movement Research Artist in Residence.  In addition to her own choreography, Bennett has worked with Jennifer Monson (on-going), Paul Matteson, Vanessa Justice, Charlotte Gibbons, David Hurwith, Milka Djordjevich and Chris Peck, and Keely Garfield.
Photo Credit: Steven Schreiber, of Maggie Bennett in “Three Lives and Something.”

Choreography: Jonah Bokaer
Performance: CC Chang
Music: Whiteout (For Tanaka Takahiro), by Bernard Günter

Jonah Bokaer (choreographer/dancer) is an international choreographer, media artist, and innovator. His work often integrates choreography with digital media, resulting from cross-disciplinary collaborations with artists and architects.  Bokaer’s choreography has been shown in Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Bokaer recently received the 2011 Jerome Robbins prize Fellowship of the Bogliasco Foundation in Genoa.  His choreography has also been honored with a Human Rights Award, the Joan Kirnsner Memorial Award, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, and a National Dance/Access scholarship.  Bokaer was a recipient of the inaugural DTW Gallery Installation Fellowship and has garnered two New York Dance & Performance/ BESSIE Awards.  Bokaer is also a current choreographer for the operas of Robert Wilson.  Such works include Gounod’s “FAUST” (National Opera of Poland), Verdi’s “AIDA” (Opera of Rome, Italy), “KOOL” in tribute to Suzushi Hanayagi (USA/Japan) and the exhibition “FRONTERAS” (IVAM Museum, Spain).

CC Chang (dancer) was born in Taiwan. Currently lives and works as a choreographer and performer in New York. She received her M.F.A. in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champeign. She worked with Kirstie Simson at the Art of Dance Improvisation: Research and Performance in Italy and Greece. She was a resident at the 2007 Dance Omi International Dance Collective, 2008-09 Outer/Space Artists in Residence at Dance Theater Workshop, and 2009 Swing Space Residency – 14 Wall Street at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In 2008, she received the LMF Dance Fund from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. She also participated in the International Summer Program at Watermill Center in 2008 and 2009. CC has also worked with Jonah Bokaer, Daria Fain, Tere O’ Connor, Hong-Kai Wang, Hsiang-Ju Hung, I-Hua Lee, Robert Wilson, and many others.