Latitudes, a work for the world wide web by Molissa Fenley will be launched November 14 at http://www.diacenter.org/fenley. A choreographer since 1975, Fenley had a dance company for ten years before shifting her focus to creating and performing solo works. Her work is marked by a highly personal movement vocabulary, inspired in part by ancient and southeast Asian sculptural artifacts. In Latitudes, choreographed specifically for Dia's web site, Fenley explores these sources of inspiration in concert with a detailed examination of a suite of movements.
Latitudes consists of 17 "phrases," each parsed in a seven frame strip located at the top of the screen. Choreographer's notes lie behind the first frame; a combination of sculptural counterparts to the phrase, along with details of different parts of the body she considers focal points of the phrase, lie behind the middle 5 frames; and the seventh frame offers an animation from the phrase. Fenley sought to use the potential of the web to make a piece which conquers the barrier of distance she senses in conventional performance spaces, creating a work in which the visitor can study, examine in detail, and deconstruct a brief dance via an intimate relationship with its multifarious components. Accompanying this piece is "Jetsun Mila," a work inspired by the life of an eleventh century Tibetan poet of that name, by composer Eliane Radigue. Fenley was drawn to the way its electronic sounds seem to move in a continual flow around the listener.
Born in the United States, Molissa Fenley grew up in Nigeria. After living in Spain for two years, she returned to the United States where she received a degree in dance from Mills College in California in 1975. Her numerous awards include eight NEA Choreographer Fellowships, and her work has been presented throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Indonesia, and Asia.
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