approximately 33 linear ft.
The archive contains a variety of material relating to the professional activities of dancer Molissa Fenley. Included are articles from daily and weekly press; journals and periodicals; press releases, press kits and other promotional material; programs, invitations and other publicity relating to performances; choreography; photographs; correspondence; material relating to other performers; videotapes and audiotapes; and costumes.
Molissa Fenley was born on November 15, 1954 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1971 she entered Mills College, where she studied under Rebecca Fuller and trained in the choreographic techniques of Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey and the compositional methods of Louis Horst. She graduated with a BA in dance in 1975. Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York, dancing with several choreographers there and elsewhere including Carol Conway and Andrew deGroat. Fenley formed her own dance company in 1977, Molissa Fenley and Dancers, for which she composed numerous choreographic works for ten years. In 1988, she decided to choreograph and perform as a solo artist. She has received regular commissions from The Kitchen Center for Video, Music and Dance and Dance Chance; Dance Theater Workshop (DTW); Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM); and many others. She has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, appearing at major dance events in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, continental Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. She has collaborated with numerous artists in a variety of disciplines, participated regularly in benefit performances, and won many awards.
Finding aid available in Special Collections (Heller Rare Book Room), F.W. Olin Library, Mills College.