Melinda Ring and Renée Archibald

Melinda Ring and Renee Archibald, photo by Melinda Ring

Melinda Ring and Renee Archibald, photo by Melinda Ring

Renée Archibald performs a section of a new two-part solo, Renée vs The Rectangle (working title), made in collaboration with Melinda Ring. This fanciful minimalistic reexamination of the basic rules of theatrical perspective asks, “How can I act on the space, and can the space in turn act upon me?” The dance is a dialogue with forces both seen and unseen.

Choreographer Melinda Ring creates dances, performance pieces, videos, and installations. Ring’s recent works have been supported by Movement Research, The Box, The Kitchen, Headlands Center for the Arts, Yaddo, Contact Quarterly, The Metabolic Studio, Foundation for Contemporary Arts (Emergency Grants), Gibney Center (DiP), and Mount Tremper Arts. She has developed programing as an artist/curator for Danspace Project. Ring is a critic in sculpture at Yale School of Art (2014-present), and will be a full-time instructor in dance at UCLA in spring 2016 through the Movement Research exchange program. Ring is a 2016 Fund for the Contemporary Arts grant recipient.


Renée Archibald is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and dance advocate. She has performed in her own choreographies, which have been produced throughout New York, and with independent artists including Christopher Williams, Ann Liv Young, Renée Wadleigh, and Rebecca Lazier. The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research, and Yaddo have supported her work, and she has taught at The Yard, Barnard College, and the University of Illinois.