is a dance artist from Berkeley, CA currently based in Seattle, WA. She received her training from Berkeley City Ballet and Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. Molly continued her education in New York City at Alvin Ailey/Fordham University, pursuing dance and a graduate track in childhood education. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance May 2016. While in school Molly performed in works by Alvin Ailey, Robert Moses, Pascal Rioult, Gregory Dawson, Banning Bouldin, and Yoshito Sakuraba. Molly has also performed with Joanna Mendl-Shaw and the New York based Equus Projects and assisted in setting Jae Man Joo’s work “Into The Light” on Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.
Since returning to the west coast, Molly has worked with contemporary dance artists and companies around the Pacific Northwest including LED (Boise, ID) - a company combining live original music, movement, film, and visual design, Kate Wallich’s YC2 (Seattle, WA), Katie Scherman + Artists (Portland, OR), House of Verlaine (Seattle, WA), Daniel Costa Dance (Seattle, WA), and Seattle Opera in their production of Verdi’s Aida, with choreography by Jessica Lang. Her work has also brought her beyond dance and into live theater - working with Dacha Theater as a performer and movement director, burlesque - performing with Verlaine & McCann Present, and her own work combining movement and visual art.
Landscape in movement and image
This work, on going, imagines landscape not as a stagnant shape, but as something that is alive, a story that unfolds.
I was moved by the words and writings of both David Whyte and John O’Donohue and the imagery of Celtic spirituality. In particular Whyte's words on the idea that we exist at a "threshold" or a "frontier of what is you and what is not you" and that both sides of an interaction leave a little bit changed, or shaped. And O'Donohue's image of the "inner landscape of beauty" not as something lovely, but a "more rounded, substantial becoming." I see landscape as the space and shape of the world you inhabit, all together physical, emotional, cultural, historical, and personal. A landscape tells the grief, and especially the joy, and the stories that live together in a person or a place. The work combines movement and visual art (drawing) to create abstract but recognizable shape and communicate our conversational experience, how we attend to the world. It is important to me to carry a sense of joy and beauty in the state of undoing or unknowing yourself in order to find a deeper understanding of the shape of who you are
Gallery | Dance | Good People
July 6, 2018 @ 6pm
West Berkeley Fencing Club