Photo by Steven Gunther

Photo by Steven Gunther


Rashaun Mitchell’s choreography, live music from singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, and Ali Naschke-Messing’s visual installation combined to celebrate the mystery of performance, individualism, wit, musicality, fancy, and the absurd. Begun during a two-week residency at the ICA in the summer of 2013, PERFORMANCE is inspired by a quote from Richard Avedon: “We all perform. It’s what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. It’s a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we'd like to be.” 


Premiere: January 24-25, 2014 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston

Performances: December 4-7, 2014 at REDCAT, Los Angeles


Choreography: Rashaun Mitchell in collaboration with the performers

Music: Stephin Merritt

Installation and Materials: Ali Naschke-Messing

Lighting: Davison Scandrett

Performers: Hiroki Ichinose, Cori Kresge, Stephin Merritt, Ali Naschke-Messing, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Davison Scandrett

Visual Design: Rashaun Mitchell, Ali Naschke-Messing, Davison Scandrett


"Minimalism and Its Contents" The Hudson Review. Marcia B. Siegel 

"Performance by Rashaun Mitchell, Stephin Merritt, & Ali Naschke-Messing" LA I'm Yours. Cliff Eberly