Polly Motley                                    Dancer, Singer, Collaborator, Teacher


Contact:  mmotleypolly@gmail.com 

The nature of Motley's work is collaborative.  She has made performances with dancers, including Barbara Dilley, Diane Madden, Cori Olinghouse, Stacy Spence, Steve Paxton, David Brick, John Jasperse, Dana Reitz, Simone Forti, and James Clouser; with poets Anne Carson and Jack Collom, with composers Charles Amirkhanian, Takehisa Kosugi, Fred Frith, Sean Clute, John King and DJ M. Singe, and with visual artists Siobhan Liddell and Anna Craycroft.

Since 1985 much of her work has been based on the interactive relationships of video and performance. She collaborates with video-artist Molly Davies to create large scale environments of multiple projections, light and performance. With Motley's dancing and choreography, Davies mixes live-feed and pre-recorded images to change our perceptions of scale and time.

Motley works to encourage other people's dancing and making.  She teaches What do you want to do? Where do you want to do it? For how long do you want to do it?,  Dance Party!!,  Performance and Media (with Molly Davies), and Singing: Body and Voice. Her extensive experience gives her multiple reference points for promoting other's creativity: she was trained in post-modern and modern dance, traditional and experimental vocal techniques, classical ballet, improvisation, contemplative dance practice and composition, and her studies in dance ethnology, body-mind centering, dance therapy, Feldencrais and the Alexander Technique.

Her work has been presented in New York by the Asia Society, the Baryshnikov Art Center, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Dance Theatre Workshop, Movement Research, The New York Improvisation Festival, The Jack Tilton Gallery and Zone Chelsea.  It has been presented at  the Hammer Museum, ICA Boston, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, DIVA/Paris, the Contemporary Arts Museum/ Houston, Colorado Dance Festival, The Indonesian Dance Festival, Morishita Studios/ Tokyo, Ballet Freiburg/ Pretty Ugly, Mouson Turm Frankfurt, the Flynn Theatre/ Burlington,  Bates College Museum of Art, and The Edge Festival/ San Francisco.  


She has recently taught at Middlebury College, Bennington College, University of Vermont, the Vermont Studio Center, and Johnson State College.  She was a faculty member at the University of Houston, Naropa Institute, and Loretto Heights College/ Regis University in Denver. She was Associate Director of James Clouser's Space/ Dance/ Theater in Houston, and was Clouser's choreographic assistant for the Houston Ballet Company, the Pittsburgh Ballet, and the Dallas Ballet. Her duties at the university level included advising graduate and undergraduate students, choreographing and directing student and faculty concerts, directing graduate and undergraduate creative projects, initiating and evaluating new courses, inter-departmental committee work, recruitment and fund-raising.

She lives in Vermont with video-artist, Molly Davies.
 

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Choreography, 1992
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Bachelor of Science in Religious Education, 1974
University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas

Museum & Gallery Performances

2016
The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The Glyph, choreographed by Katherine Litz, in the exhibit Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1934-1957
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
The Glyph, choreographed by Katherine Litz, in the exhibit Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1934-1957
Johnson State College, Johnson, VT
Video-Performance residency with Molly Davies

2015
Dia Beacon, Beacon, NY

FLAT, in Selected Works of Steve Paxton
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT
In No Time, A retrospective of ideas in the work of Polly Motley

2014
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT

Exposed

2013
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT
She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain

2012
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT

There Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed A Fly, performance and lecture demonstrations

2011
River Arts Center, Morrisville, VT

Critical State, two week installation/performances using entire Grange Hall
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts/Downstreet Art, North Adams, MA
Drawing From the Body, a performance/installation with video by Molly Davies, sound by Paul Geluso

2011
Diva/Paris 

Go Tell Aunt Rhodie and Dressing
River Arts Center, Morrisville, VT
Critical State, two week installation/performances using entire Grange Hall
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie 
Alliance for the Visual Arts, Lebanon, NH
Falling Downstairs, with video by Molly Davies

2009
Baryshnikov Art Center, New York, NY

Go Tell Aunt Rhode
Flynn Center for the Arts, Burlington, VT
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie, with Diane Madden
River Arts, Morrisville, VT
3 works in progress with NYC and Malaysian guest artists
Alliance for the Visual Arts, Lebanon, NH
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie

2008
MassMoCA/ Regional Dance Development Initiative

Go Tell Aunt Rhodie

2007
DIVA/ Paris

Go Tell Aunt Rhodie
Bedford-Stuyvesent Event Center, Bronx, NY
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie

2006
Asia Society, New York, NY

Traditions, Inventions and Exchange, a collaboration with Mugiyono, Kota Yamazaki, Molly Davies

2005
Zone Chelsea, New York, NY

Drawing From the Body, a performance/installation with video by Molly Davies and sound by DJ M. Singe

2004
Smith College Fine Arts Department, Northampton, MA

Drawing From the Body

2002
The Kitchen, New York, NY

The Mirror of Simple Souls, an intermedia installation with images by Molly Davies, text by Anne Carson and sound by Fred Frith

2001
Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans
LA
Drawing From the Body

2000
Yummi Dance Co., Matsuyama, Japan

The Kitchen, New York, New York
Ballet Freiburg/Pretty Ugly, Freiburg, Germany
SNDD, Amsterdam

1999
MousomTurm, Frankfurt, GR

Drawing From the Body

1998
Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

Drawing From the Body

1995
The Kitchen, New York, NY

You Can Sing Anytime, multimedia collaboration with Molly Davies and Charles Amirkhanian

1990
Boulder Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO

The Bale Light Stories, with installation/performance with architect, Vaida Daukantas

1989
University of Colorado Art Gallery, Boulder, CO

Ladder, with installation by Vaida Daukantas, video by Janice Tanaka

1988
Spark Gallery, Denver, CO

Articulating the Spark Space, with installation by Vaida Daukantas

1978
Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX

My Fair Lady, performance/installation

Stage Performances

2016
The Yard, Chilmark, MA

Island/Chilmark 2016 with David Brick/Headlong
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, NYC
Precarious, a 3-hr solo, included in Eiko Otake's platform: A Body in Places

2013
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, NYC

Video Portrait, collaboration with Molly Davies and Cori Olinghouse

2009
Atlanta, Georgia

Charmed Romantics, quintet for CORE Performance Company

2007
Canaldanse, Paris

Large Open House, with Olivier Besson and Mike Vargas

2004
Danspace Project, NYC

Dancing the Numbers, solo evening

2003
Flynn Theatre, Burlington, VT

Vermont Iconoclasts, with Simone Forti

2002
Indonesian Dance Festival, Jakarta

Field, solo
Ballet Freiburg/ Pretty Ugly, Freiburg, Germany
Director, The Dancer’s Mind

1997
The Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, NYC

evening of new works
Flynn Center for the Arts, Burlington, VT
Apple, with Simone Forti

1995
Indonesian Dance Festival, Jakarta

set by Molly Davies, sound by Charles Amirkhanian
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lee, MA
Folk Dance; Stand By Your Man
Morishita Studios, Tokyo
Waiting: Walking and Standing

1993
Dance Theater Workshop, NYC

Indigenous Culture, solo evening
Edge Festival San Francisco, San Francisco
Stand By Your Man and Point of Rescue

1992
The University of Colorado, Boulder

DeChirico’s Daughter, with Molly Davies and Takehisa Kosugi

1991
Justus Liebig Universitat, Giessen, Germany

Night of the Senses, directed by Molly Davies

1989
Pepsico Summerfare, SUNY Purchase

Suspect Terrain with Dana Reitz, Steve Paxton, Laurie Booth, Jennifer Tipton, and Hans Peter Kuhn

1986
Loretto Heights College, Denver, Colorado

DUET, The White Dance, Taiko

Teaching

2016
Bennington College
VermontCollegeDanceFestival/MiddleburyCollege
University of Vermont
Johnson State College
University of Houston
Open Dance Project/Hunter Dance Center, Houston
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

2015
University of Vermont
VermontCollegeDanceFestival, UVM
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

2014
Helen Day Art Center
CDFS, Montpelier, Vermont

2010-13
CDFS,  Montpelier, Vermont
Shaw Hill, Stowe, Vermont

2009
Bailando Dance Festival, Corpus Christi, Texas
CDFS, Montpelier, Vermont
River Arts Center, Morrisville, Vermont

2007
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Shaw Hill, Stowe, VT

2006
Berkshire Ballet, Johnson, Vermont
Barnevelder Center for the Arts, Houston, Texas

2005
Movement Research, NYC
Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX

2004
Barnevelder Center for the Arts, Houston
Movement Research, NYC
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, NYC

2003
University of Colorado, Boulder
Texas Commision on the Arts, Calhoun County, TX

2002
Indonesian Dance Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia
Morishita Studios, Matsuyama, Japan

2001
Tulane University Dance Dept., New Orleans
Ballet Freiburg/Pretty Ugly, Freiburg, Germany
Amsterdam Theatre School, Amsterdam

2000
Amsterdam Theatre School, Amsterdam
Matsuyama Prefect: Yummi Dance Co., Matsuyama, Japan
The Kitchen, NYC
Ballet Freiburg/Pretty Ugly, Freiburg, Germany

1999
MousonTurm, Frankfurt, Germany
Ballet Freiburg/Pretty Ugly, Freiburg, Germany
Amsterdam Theatre School, Amsterdam

1998
Dancespace Project at St. Mark's Church, NYC

1997
Movement Research, NYC

1996
University of Houston, Houston

1995
Flynn Theatre, Burlington, VT
University of Houston, Houston, TX
Naropa University, Boulder, CO
Colorado Dance Festival, Boulder, CO
Glenwood Springs Dance Festival, Glenwood Springs, CO

1994
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lee, MA
Morishita Studios, Tokyo, Japan
Taman Ismael Masurki, Jakarta, Indonesia

1989-94
Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO

1991
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Justus Liebig Universitat, Giessen, Germany

1988-90
Regis University, Denver

1986
Colorado Council for Arts and Humanities/ Artist-in-the-Schools

1982-87
Loretto Heights College, Denver

1980-81
Space/Dance/Theater School, Houston
Dallas Ballet Company
Pitsburgh Ballet Company

1979
University of Houston, Clear Lake City