Desire Lines are alternate, unofficial routes or social trails in nature and landscape architecture. They represent an accumulated record of disobedience and transformation. We apply this phenomenon to an improvisation practice which maps individual and collective action. The choreographic material is the attention of the performer, a navigation of impulses and fixed systems. The dance offers shifting and emergent models for coexistence, assimilation, and rebellion. Our choices create a world built of its own desires, a provisional utopia constantly making and unmaking itself.
DESIRE LINES: translation
March 19-30, 2018
Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography
For Desire Lines: translation, Mitchell + Riener worked with Claudia La Rocco to draw connections in the areas of improvisation, collage, task-based modes, mimesis, meditation, and transcendentalism. The work and processes of Robert Rauschenberg, Anna Halprin, Charles Atlas, architect Claude Bragdon, and spirit-medium and artist Ethel Le Rossignol were used as road maps to navigate internal psychological landscapes, external architectural landscapes, and collective desire. Their two-week residency included opening up the rehearsal process to the public in four Open Studio sessions and sharing their improvisational practice in both traditional studio settings, as well as outdoor spaces throughout FSU’s campus. Observers were welcome to come and go as needed, as dancers honed their ability to respond to bystanders not necessarily familiar with contemporary dance practices. Two of these sessions took place during the School of Dance’s weekly Forum.
Dancers: Stanley Gambucci, Jennifer Gonzalez, Eleanor Hullihan, Cori Kresge, Paul Morland, Rashaun Mitchell, Mina Nishimura, Silas Riener
Collaborators: Claudia La Rocco, Cori Olinghouse, Laura Checkoway
Costumes: Clothing of the dancers
Photos: Chris Cameron, courtesy of MANCC
DESIRE LINES: RETROFIT
January 11-13, 2018
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules
Presented as part of the exhibition "Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules" at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Mitchell and Riener brought a close circle of movement artists to activate museum space and weigh the resonances between dance and visual art. Mitchell and Riener draw on the concept of “Desire Lines,” unofficial routes or trails in nature and landscape architecture that diverge from an elected path. “Desire Lines” are formed over time as the people traversing a space reject the designated paths in favor of alternate, more desirable or convenient paths. DESIRE LINES: RETROFIT uses group improvisation to explore path-making, democratic choices, and utopian community, enabling the group of performers to navigate a world built from their own collective desires. Their performances kick off Limited Edition, a program presented by the museum’s online platform, Open Space.
Dancers: Eleanor Hullihan, Cori Kresge, Rashaun Mitchell, Mina Nishimura, Silas Riener
Costumes: Clothing of the dancers including costumes made by George Venson/voutsa with painted image by Federico de Francesco
Photos: Charles Villyard, courtesy of SFMoMA
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June 20-25, June 27-July 2, 2017
Madison Square Park as part of Prismatic Park
Danspace Project was invited by artist and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient, Josiah McElheny, to participate in Madison Square Park Conservancy’s thirty-fourth exhibition, Prismatic Park. Danspace Executive Director & Chief Curator, Judy Hussie-Taylor, invited Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener to “inhabit” the Park to realize new commissions throughout the exhibition. The project featured three large sculptures of painted wood and prismatic glass on view in Madison Square Park from June 13, 2017 through October 8, 2017. The resident artists will create ambitious new work that summons the potential for imagination, creativity, and performance inspired by spontaneous audiences and chance encounters.
Dancers: David Rafael Botana, Justin Faircloth, Stanley Gambucci, Jennifer Gonzalez, Eleanor Hullihan, Kate Jewett, Catherine Kirk, Cori Kresge, Rashaun Mitchell, Mina Nishimura, Silas Riener, Maddie Schimmel, André M. Zachery
Costumes: Designed for the occasion by George Venson/voutsa with painted image by Federico de Francesco
Photos: Paula Lobo
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Outdoor Stages: Dance in the Park, Where You Can't Hide Behind a Tree. The New York Times. Brian Seibert.
Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener Dance To The Soundtrack of the City in Madison Square Park. The Village Voice. Siobhan Burke.