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 founded Special Projects in 2004 to support the production of her choreographic, performance and installation work. Ring is a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artist awardee, a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2019 NYFA Fellow, and a 2019 Movement Research Resident Artist supported by the Rosin Fund. Her recent works have also been commissioned and supported by The Kitchen, The Box Los Angeles, The Chocolate Factory, Yaddo, Headlands Center for the Arts, Whitman College, Annenberg Foundation (Metabolic Studio), Danspace Project, Movement Research, Bennington College, Performance Works NW, and Gibney Dance Center. Contact Quarterly devoted Chapbook 6 to Forgetful Snow (2014). Ring has developed programing as an artist-curator for Danspace Project (Platform 2011: Susan Rethorst: Retro(intro)spective, and Platform 2012: Judson Now program, Dance by Default). As a performer she has worked for artist Paul McCarthy on numerous projects, beginning in 1997 with Santa Chocolate Shop. She participated in the MOMA exhibition, Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done, performing her version of Simone Forti’s Dance Construction See Saw. Ring received a B.A. in dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1982 and an M.F.A. from Bennington College in 2001. She was appointed critic in sculpture at Yale School of Art in 2014.

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

photo ©Paula Court