Melinda Ring

Special Projects Melinda Ring, photo by Paula Court

Melinda Ring explores a very liberal definition of choreography creating dances, performance pieces, videos and installations. Originally from Los Angeles, Ring moved to New York in September 2001, after receiving her MFA degree from Bennington College. She founded her current company, Special Projects, in 2004, and has been represented by The Box gallery in Los Angeles since 2008. She was the curator for Danspace Project’s Spring 2011 Platform, Susan Rethorst: Retro(intro)spective, and their Fall 2012 Judson Now Platform program Dance by Default.

Ring’s work is informed as much by the concerns of experimental film, visual art, and theater, as developments in new dance. More interested in questioning why and how to make dances than resolving the answer, she has produced works with titles like Impossible Dance, Hmmm… and Huh?, all of which hint at the unresolved character of the “finished” product. Her work has been commissioned and presented by Headlands Center for the Arts, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, and The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College. Other recent venues include, The Box, Whitney Museum, Mount Tremper Arts, MASS MoCA, and The Santa Monica Museum of Art.

In 2010, Special Projects, was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Build Stability grant, and Ring received a 2012 Chora Council Grant from the Metabolic Studio, a project of the Annenberg Foundation. Her work has been also been supported by residencies and grants from: Gibney Center, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency grant, Headlands Center for the Arts, Mabou Mines/Suite Program, Movement Research, Dance Theater Workshop, Outer/Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space, The Field, Puffin Foundation, Meet the Composer, Gerald Oppenheimer Family Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, including a 1999 COLA Fellowship.

Current projects include the on-going performance experiment Mouse Auditions and the dance/installation Forgetful Snow which is scheduled to premiere at The Box (L.A.) and The Kitchen (N.Y.) in 2014.