Fresh Tracks Resident Artist Profile: Molly Poerstel-Taylor


Meet Molly Poerstel-Taylor, a New York Live Arts Fresh Track Performance & Residency Program artist.

Poerstel-Taylor’s work for the 2012 Fresh Tracks Performance Series, Do Beast, challenges her ability to create a delivery system which ignites dancers’ imaginations, sourcing sensations associated with painful memories, instinctual impulses, props, imagined landscapes, humility and sexuality, and exploring the contrast of these elements when set in a structural framework.

Molly Poerstel-Taylor is a downtown dance artist who has been active in the New York City dance community for the past twelve years. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University on a Dean of the Arts Scholarship in 2000, and within this time has worked with many artists as a physical and theatrical collaborator. Such artists include: David Grenke, Mark Jarecke, Jeanine Durning, David Dorfman Dance Company, Susan Rethorst, Alex Escalante, Hilary Clark, Larissa Valez, Roseanne Spradlin and Ivy Baldwin Dance. Poerstel-Taylor has been called “a voluptuous, earthy dancer with a mastery of tension” by The New York Times.

She has studied anatomy with Irene Dowd, Body Mind Centering with Roseanne Spradlin and the Grotovsky Method with Raina Von Waldenburg. Poerstel-Taylor has taught at Dance New Amsterdam, 100 Grand, CLASSCLASSCLASS, The Open Look Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia and The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Currently she is an adjunct professor at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and is on faculty at the Dalton School.

“In this process, I am challenging myself to create a delivery system which can ignite a dancer’s imagination while defining their relationships to a blank space. I am sourcing sensations associated with painful memories, instinctual impulses, props, costume elements, imagined landscapes, humility, sexuality and the contrast of these when set in a structural framework. I have set forth to layer sensations in the body and create a process based on sense memory as the primary method for a dancer’s physical recall. I would like to create a bodily history for this work that is potent and palpable.” -Molly Poerstel-Taylor


New York Live Arts will present Fresh Tracks, the latest installment of the Fresh Tracks Performance & Residency Program, Dec 13 – 15 at 7:30pm. The 2012-13 Fresh Tracks Artists include Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Franklin Diaz, Megan Kendzior, Molly Poerstel-Taylor, Michal Samama and Parul Shah.

Created in 1965 by Dance Theater Workshop and now continued as a signature program of New York Live Arts, the Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program selects six early career artists annually to receive comprehensive performance and residency support. The program begins with a showcase performance in New York Live Arts’ Bessie Schönberg Theater. Following the performance, each artist receives a 50-hour creative residency in the New York Live Arts studios for research and development of new work. Additionally, artists receive introductory level professional development workshops in marketing, fundraising and career development. Under the guidance of Artistic Advisor Levi Gonzalez, Fresh Tracks artists participate in dialogue sessions facilitating open discussion about their creative process, as well as one-on-one consultations.

Performances will take place at New York Live Arts’ Bessie Schönberg Theater. Come Early Conversations and Stay Late Discussions will also be featured with two shows (see complete schedule below). Tickets are $20 and $15. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.