Molissa Fenley’s “State of Darkness”


North Carolina Museum of Art

Sunday, September 12, 3:30pm
Sunday, September 12, 7:30pm


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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. Annique S. Roberts of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE will perform the solo at 3:30pm and Michael Trusnovec formerly of Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform at 7:30pm. Each program will be followed by a Q&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.


ANNIQUE S. ROBERTS (Dancer) is currently a dancer and the rehearsal director with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. She performed and toured nationally and internationally with both EVIDENCE and Garth Fagan Dance over her 16 year career. Annique is originally from Atlanta, GA, and a graduate of Tri-Cities High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Howard University in 2004 under the direction of Dr. Sherrill Berryman Johnson. There, she performed works by Ronald K. Brown, Kevin Iega Jeff, Christopher Huggins, and Eleo Pomare. Annique joined Garth Fagan Dance in 2004 and became senior dancer in 2006. Annique joined EVIDENCE in January 2010, and was nominated for a 2013 New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for Best Performer. Annique holds an MA in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art & Design. She currently serves on the School Advancement Committee for Jacob’s Pillow and is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. From 2011-2016, she co-founded and directed the Atlanta Spring Dance Series, an annual one day dance workshop event that raised money to assist young dancers with various professional development opportunities.

MICHAEL TRUSNOVEC (Dancer) grew up dancing on Long Island, graduated from the Long Island High School for the Performing Arts, and earned a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. For over two decades, Michael was a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, creating more than 25 roles with Mr. Taylor, and premiering new works by choreographers including Pam Tanowitz, Larry Keigwin, Margie Gillis, and Doug Varone. Additionally, Michael was Associate Rehearsal Director, and now serves as the Director of Worldwide Licensing and as a repetiteur of Mr. Taylor’s dances. Michael was honored with a Dance Magazine Award, a “Bessie Award,” and in 1992 he was a National YoungArts Foundation awardee and Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He serves on the Board of Directors of Dance Films Association, and was an Executive Producer and Curatorial Advisor for Dance on Camera 48. He is a National Reviewer and Dance Mentor for YoungArts, and also co-founded the Asbury Park Dance Festival. Michael continues to teach, choreograph, and perform around the world, appearing most recently as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet during their 2020 Lincoln Center winter season.

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

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, Duke Health, Jewelsmith, American Tobacco Campus, WUNC, Acme Plumbing Company, and Blackman & Sloop Certified Public Accountants.

ADF’s Kids’ Night Out ticket program is made possible with support from Jody and John Arnhold/Arnhold Foundation.