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Acclaimed Dancer Fenley to Perform at APSU on March 25

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Molissa Fenley and her company will stop by Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Theater at 7:30 p.m., March 25, to present an evening of dance as a part of the 25th anniversary celebration for the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The performance will feature several works choreographed by Fenley with sound scores composed by contemporary composers.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Molissa Fenley and her company will stop by Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Theater at 7:30 p.m., March 25, to present an evening of dance as a part of the 25th anniversary celebration for the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The performance will feature several works choreographed by Fenley with sound scores composed by contemporary composers.

Fenley and her company will present a series of dances using props created by visual artists who were asked to create props that the dancers could either carry or wear.  She agreed to accept anything the artists came up with which left her with challenging puzzles to solve with each piece. 

Fenley has choreographed more than 70 works in her 33-year career in dance.  She founded her company in 1977 and has performed throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.  She received “Bessie” awards for choreography in 1985 and 1988 for her works “Cenotaph” and “State of Darkness.”  Recent awards for the choreographer include the Rome Prize in 2008, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 and an award from the American Masterpieces Initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010.

Tickets for the March 25 performance are $5 for students and military and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the Trahern Theater box office at 221-7379. For more information call Marcus Hayes, assistant professor of dance at 221-6371,