2021 American Dance Festival, Together We Dance: Molissa Fenley’s “State of Darkness”

Originally commissioned by ADF in 1988, Molissa Fenley’s “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. The 3:30pm solo features Annique Roberts of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE. The program is followed by a Q and A with Molissa Fenley and the artist.

The restaging of State of Darkness is a Joyce Theater Production generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the Executive Director’s Fund at The Joyce Theater Foundation, with support from Jessica Lang Dance, Inc.

Program lasts approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.

American Dance Festival Sponsors

ADF’s Together We Dance outdoor festival is made possible with support from SHS Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, North Carolina Arts Council, City of Durham, North Carolina Museum of Art, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Durham Arts Council, Fox Family Foundation, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and Duke Health.

The presentation of “State of Darkness” by Molissa Fenley is supported in part by Ann and Lex Alexander.

Photo by Art Davison


Sep 12, 2021


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM


$27 Members, $30 Nonmembers General Admission


Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park

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