Molissa Fenley

Joyce Theater

When Molissa Fenley collapsed from a severe knee injury on the opening night of her season at the Joyce Theater and was forced to cancel all remaining shows, she was midway into a solo rendition of her work Bridge of Dreams, 1994, performed just six months earlier by dancers of the Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin. Because of the expenses involved in bringing members of the company to New York, Fenley had stoically resolved to present a solo version of this work instead. For those who had seen the Berlin performance of Bridge of Dreams, however, the absence of the other dancers infused her solo with a poignant sense of loss, despite the richness of the choreography.

Known primarily for her pioneering work as a solo performer, Fenley created a ballet whose density had all the detail of a miniature painting and all the expansive energy of a Jackson Pollock. Bridge of Dreams was divided into

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