About Special Projects

Formed in 2004 by Melinda Ring, Special Projects supports the creation of her collaborative dance and movement based art projects. Special Projects promotes dance performance as a visual event in equal partnership with the kinesthetic experience. Looking to expand the boundaries of dance, Special Projects generates work for visual art spaces; visual art media such as video, sculpture, and film; and specific sites; in addition to theatrical venues. Its aim is to challenge audiences to expand their expectations of dance performance.


About Melinda Ring, Artistic Director of Special Projects

Melinda Ring, choreographer, born in Los Angeles, CA, has lived and worked in New York since 2001. She creates dances, performance pieces, videos and installations. Ring is a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artist awardee and a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow. Recent works have also been commissioned and supported by The Kitchen (2009, 2014), The Box Los Angeles, The Chocolate Factory, Yaddo (2014), Headlands Center for the Arts (1999, 2012), Whitman College (2016-2018), Annenberg Foundation (Metabolic Studio) (2012), Danspace Project (2010), Movement Research (AIR 2005, 2014-2016), Bennington College (AIR 2018), and Gibney Dance Center (DiP 2016, 2013). She has developed programing as an artist-curator for Danspace Project (Platform 2011: Susan Rethorst: Retro(intro)spective). Contact Quarterly devoted Chapbook 6 to Forgetful Snow (2014). Educated Bennington College (MFA) and University of California, Los Angeles (BA); Critic in sculpture, Yale School of Art, 2014 - present; visiting Lecturer in Dance, UCLA, Spring 2016 (Movement Research exchange program).

for the birds (2009)
X (2010)
Mouse Auditions (2010, 2012)

photo ©Paula Court