Upcoming Performances   

 

We will be touring our new work Tesseract throughout 2017. Tesseract is a collaboration between Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell, and Silas Riener. It is an evening-length presentation in 2 parts separated by an intermission: a 3D dance film featuring 7 dancers and a live proscenium performance with 6 dancers. The film offers speculative worlds and alternate possibilities in bold visual environments. The performance includes live-video capture with multiple cameras, mixed by Atlas and projected into the stage space. Images obscure and reveal moving bodies behind a translucent scrim, magnified and refracted by Atlas. Through collective action we forge a link between human ritual conjuring and new technological magic. Between the past and the future.

 

May 18-20, 2017 at 8pm and May 21, 2017 at 5pm

Tesseract

On the Boards, Seattle

 

 

PAST PERFORMANCES

 

March 23-25, 2017 at 7:30pm

Tesseract

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

 

 

March 24, 2017 at 2pm

Masterclass with Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Drawn from our own current choreographic interests, this movement class is designed to engage multiple facets of the self at once while sharpening basic skills for organizing and articulating the body. We will move through a guided warm-up, generating pleasure and joy as a way to alleviate tension and anxiety. We will fall off center in order to locate multiple centers. We will move towards more complexity in the phrase work, focusing on anatomical clarity drawn from components of Cunningham technique, and elements of our current repertory. 

 

 

March 16-18, 2017 at 8pm

Tesseract

The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

 

 

March 3, 2017 at 8pm

Horizon Event No. 5 as part of Dance Off the Grid

The Emelin Theatre

Curated by Andrea Snyder, this monthly series brings together a diverse range of artists and in March features Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener,  RIOULT Dance NY, and Souleymane Badolo. Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener will be reprising their work Horizon Event No. 4 performed with David Rafael Botana and Cori Kresge. 

 

 

January 27-28, 2017 at 8pm

Tesseract

EMPAC 

 

October 29, 2016 from 7-10pm

Jacqueline Gordon's Inside You Is Me: Performance with Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener

THE LAB, San Francisco

During the month of October, artist Jacqueline Gordon will create Inside You Is Me, a dynamic sculpture with moveable walls, a multichannel sound composition, and staged performances inside The Lab. Local artists Maryanna Lachman, Jose Abad, Oscar Tidd, and Sam Hertz will be joined by Los Angeles composers FAY and Jonathan Mandabach, Bolivian-American musician Elysia Crampton, and New York dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. Over the course of the month, all ten artists will use Gordon’s sonic installation as a system in which to create new compositions, sculptures, and performances.

 

October 28, 2016 at 8pm

Phillip Greenlief / Fred Frith / Rashaun Mitchell

THE LAB, San Francisco

Phillip Greenlief (saxophone), Fred Frith (guitar), and Rashaun Mitchell (dance) will create an embodied sound score. These improvisations will be recorded live and internationally distributed as a DVD on Relative Pitch Records, NYC.

 

October 22, 2016 at 10am

Master Class with Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener

The Launchpad, Carbondale, CO

Join Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener for a master class designed to engage multiple facets of the self at once while sharpening basic skills for organizing and articulating the body. The class will focus on anatomical clarity drawn from components of Cunningham technique, as well as other qualitative ideas enhanced by proprioceptive awareness, muscular control and spiritual ease.

 

October 21, 2016 at 7:30pm

Studio Presentation of Works In Progress by Rashuan Mitchell + Silas Riener

The Launchpad, Carbondale, CO

Dance Initiative is honored to host New York City artists Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener and their four company members as Artists in Residence at The Launchpad Oct. 17-22. During this studio presentation they will be showing excerpts of work in development. 

 

October 18, 2016 at 6pm

Lecture & Demonstration with Artists in Residence Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener

The Launchpad, Carbondale, CO

Dance Initiative is honored to host New York City artists Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener and their four company members as Artists in Residence at The Launchpad Oct. 17-22. Join them for this free Lecture and Demonstration during which they will discuss their work as it relates to the idea of transformation: the transformation of the body, the transformation of spaces. In their work the dancing body becomes many things, a vehicle for poetic expression, a site holding many divergent personal histories, and a vessel for the magical, fantastical and spiritual. They will show excerpts of their site-specific and theatrical work from the last 5 years of experimentation and discuss these ideas. 

 

August 27, 2016 at 6:30pm

Beach Sessions Dance Series: Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener

Rockaway Beach, Queens

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener will perform outside on a shared-bill evening with Netta Yerushalmy as part of the Beach Sessions Dance Series curated by Sasha Okshteyn. 

 

August 24, 2016 at 6pm and 8pm

Modern Men

Chicago Dancing Festival

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener will premiere a new work on a program called Modern Men curated by Lar Lubovitch. 

 

August 12, 2016 at 8pm

Thinging: Dance and Translation and the Work of Anne Carson

Park Nights 2016: Silas Riener

Serpentine Galleries

Through the articulation of his body, choreographer and dancer Silas Riener explores the potential of dance in describing things. This performance is inspired by world histories, personal histories, as well as the work of poet, translator, and essayist Anne Carson. This new version of the performance, first presented at EMPAC, New York, in 2015, is adapted for the context of the Serpentine Pavilion 2016.

 

August 8, 2016 at 7:30pm

Vail International Dance Festival 

Gerald R. Ford Ampitheater

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener performed a new work entitled Romance Study #4 as commissioned by the Vail International Dance Festival  as part of an evening called the NOW: Premieres. Dancers included Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Melissa Toogood, Jeffrey Cirio, Angelica Generosa, Calvin Royal III, and Devon Teuscher.

 

August 6, 2016 at 7:30pm

Vail International Dance Festival

Gerald R. Ford Ampitheater

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener performed their work Desire Liar, originally commissioned by the Vail International Dance Festival in 2015, as part of a program called International Evenings of Dance II. 

 

June 30, 2016 at 10pm

Dances and Ceremonies: Spring/Summer 2017

the O.P.E.N. Singapore International Festival of Arts

Be swept up in a colourful whirl of Mexican clothes and culture with fashion designer and cultural historian Carla Fernández’s latest collection, Dances And Ceremonies: Spring/Summer 2017. In Dances And Ceremonies, Fernández puts together the craft and ideas of 11 different indigenous and Mestizo tribes around Mexico. She explores the numerous festivals in the Mexican calendar celebrated by neighborhoods and communities, which are marked by unique religious rituals and beautifully thought-out costumes. Expect a completely immersive sensory experience of her country’s culture – native art is woven into the moving tapestry of the event through five carved totem sculptures. Instead of the usual catwalk, dancers and models perform a unique, specially-created choreography. You can appreciate the beauty of the handwork, the rustle of the skirts and the sheen of the light upon the fabric. 

 

June 12, 2016 at 3pm

Open Rehearsal

The Watermill Center

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener will hold an open rehearsal for their collaborative project Desire Lines with Charles Atlas. Working with six dancers, this rehearsal will be focused on the live proscenium performance, which will include live capture and projection by Atlas. 

 

April 7-9, 2016 

The Barefoot Designer: A Workshop to Unlearn

FUNDACIÓN JUMEX ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO

The Barefoot Designer: A Workshop to Unlearn, a variation on the exhibition originally presented at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 2014, features the work and design philosophy of Carla Fernández, through her exploration of the traditions and techniques from the different indigenous cultures of Mexico. Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener will stage a performance in the context of the exhibition. After working together in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mitchell and Riener began collaborating in 2009 creating improvisational dances, performances, and immersive experiences.

 

January 15-17, 2016

Horizon Events

MoMA PS1

Greater New York

Horizon Events is a series of evening-length group dances constructed specifically for the MoMA PS1's third floor main gallery. Partly improvisational, the installations are designed to negotiate proximity and distance, reality and fantasy. Abstraction and representation collide in queer framings of space, time and bodies-in-action. Video by Charles Atlas. Reactive score by Jesse Stiles. Performance by Penelope Armstead-Williams, David Botana, Forrest Hersey, Cori Kresge, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, and Melissa Toogood.

 

October 14-28, 2015

BLUE NAME

The Chocolate Factory

BLUE NAME is made for an intimate space, and an intimate audience. It is an investigation into the language of dance, and the pure communicative power of movement. This is a solo show of dances compiled over 18 month of investigating what it means to dance in front of people and to share an experience of being alive in the world. Created and performed by Silas Riener. Lighting design by Davison Scandrett. Music composed by Jesse Stiles.

 

August 4 + 7, 2015

DESIRE LIAR and Y DANCE

Vail International Dance Festival

Two new works commissioned by the Vail International Dance Festival. Desire Liar was accompanied by music performed live by the contemporary string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Y Dance was performed to music by Mas Ysa by Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, and Melissa Toogood.  

 

June 26, 2015

Number 27, 1950

The Whitney Museum of American Art

As part of the series 99 Objects at The Whitney Museum of American Art Silas Riener addressed Jackson Pollock's seminal painting Number 27, 1950 and other works Abstract Expressionist works in the gallery space. 

 

April 1-4, 2015

Light Years

New York Live Arts

Before my eyes are memories of evolution, consciousness, magic. Seen from great speeds. From outer space, out of past-present-future. We are lost in the in-between time. What is origin? We pass through inexplicable illusions. Other people. We do not know what is real. We emerge. Portals open. The suns converge, a shifting landscape. The drums can still be heard. The body holds so many generations, so many genetic mutations, and the world is too much with us. We travel so far, so long. We walk off the face of the earth. The body must become space, claim everything, continue to (r)evolve. We must give. How far reaching is the self to make the bridge? To make and unmake.  

 

February 19-21 + March 5-7, 2015

Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets

Danspace 2015 PLATFORM curated by Claudia La Rocco

In 2014 six pairs of artists were asked by PLATFORM 2015 curator Claudia La Rocco to participate in choreographic exchanges based on Edwin Denby's "three nodal points of Balanchine, Cunningham and Judson Dance Theater." Dance Dialogues are unique evenings of live movement exchanges, choreographic studies, and playful performance explorations. Silas Riener worked with Adrian Danchig-Waring, a principal dancer at New York City Ballet. Due to Danchig-Waring's NYCB schedule he did not perform live but his choreographic ideas and exchanges with Riener were presented as part of the evening. Rashaun Mitchell worked with Sara Mearns, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and performed a new work with her. He also collaborated and danced with Jodi Melnick, a choreographer and former dancer in the work of Trisha Brown, John Jasperse, and Twyla Tharp. 

 

December 4-7, 2014

PERFORMANCE

REDCAT

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.” 

 

June 14, 2014

r e v e a l

OMI International Arts Center

r e v e a l is a site-specific dance work. It includes transformation, nature, magic, latex, flaying, ecstasy, skin, hair, creatures, monsters, fantasy, aggression, impulses, the future, peristalsis, masks, perception, articulation, control, freedom, exertion, underwater trees, silk, minotaurs, semiotics, aliens, animals, sorcery, urgency, agency, fluency, and the translational acts of communicating through space and movement.

 

November 14-17, 2013

WAY IN

Danspace Project

What does it mean to look? What does it mean to be looked at? How do we build meaning? How do we escape from the meanings that inescapably build around us? Maybe we can’t. Way In seeks to create a refracted portrait of intimacy and objectification. There is always too much to say: mountains of references, bodies of knowledge, disparate traditions … dance as a way to hold all of these jostling interests and desires: All that the body can withstand, absorb. Meaning slips through our hands. 

 

July 3-6, 2013

r e v e a l

River to River Festival sponsored by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

r e v e a l is a site-specific dance work. It includes transformation, nature, magic, latex, flaying, ecstasy, skin, hair, creatures, monsters, fantasy, aggression, impulses, the future, peristalsis, masks, perception, articulation, control, freedom, exertion, underwater trees, silk, minotaurs, semiotics, aliens, animals, sorcery, urgency, agency, fluency, and the translational acts of communicating through space and movement.

 

April 5-6, 2013

TASTE

O Miami Poetry Festival, Bas Fisher Invitational Gallery

A site-specific performance and installation by Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Claudia La Rocco, Davison Scandrett. 

 

March 14-15, 2013

Interface

Baryshnikov Arts Center

A dance examining the physicality and transmission of emotions, Interface is performed by choreographer Rashaun Mitchell with fellow former Merce Cunningham dancers Silas Riener, Melissa Toogood, and Cori Kresge. Set to an original electronic score by Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa) with visual design by Davison Scandrett, Fraser Taylor, and Nicholas O'Brien. 

 

March 1, 2013

WEATHERVANE

Wellesley College

Weathervane is a site-specific work by dancers/choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener in collaboration with composer/violist Eyvind Kang and vocalist Jessika Kenney. 

 

January 10-12, 2013

NOX

Danspace Project

The New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) winning work NOX was remounted by Danspace Project in January 2013 to coincide with the annual Association for Performing Art Presenters conference. 

 

May 10-12, 2012

NOX

Danspace Project

Taking cues from NOX, the work by award-winning poet and author Anne Carson, which includes old letters, family photos, collages and sketches, Mitchell and collaborator Silas Riener create a physical language that explores resuscitation, multidimensionality, trance and extraction, while Carson and Robert Currie add live drawing through the redirected light of overhead projectors.
 

March 3, 2012

WEATHERVANE

Wellesley College

Weathervane is a site-specific work by dancers/choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener in collaboration with composer/violist Eyvind Kang and vocalist Jessika Kenney. 

 

February 7-9, 2012

VEAL

The Invisible Dog

Harrison Atelier principals Seth and Ariane Harrison and their collaborators choreographer Silas Riener and composer Loren Dempster have created a large-scale sculptural and sound installation, featuring a contemporary dance performance, exploring the development of the ecology of the industrial animal as man competes with nature to form and control the environment.

 

November 25-30, 2011

PHARMACOPHORE: ARCHITECTURAL PLACEBO

Storefront for Art and Architecture 

This dance-installation work was conceived, dramaturged and directed by Harrison Atelier founder Seth Harrison; designed by his partner, Ariane Lourie Harrison, choreographed by Silas Riener and performed by Merce Cunningham Dance Company members Riener, Rashaun Mitchell, Jamie Scott and Melissa Toogood. 

 

April 7, 2011

NOX

O Miami Poetry Festival: The Moore Building

An early version of NOX, a collaborative performance created by poet Anne Carson and choreographer Rashaun Mitchell, was presented as part of the O Miami Poetry Festival. A video excerpt of this performance can be found here: https://vimeo.com/122579226

 

July 20, 2010

NOX, BRACKO

Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston

Rashaun Mitchell presented his 2008 work BRACKO along with a work-in-progress showing of NOX, a work conceiving in collaboration with Anne Carson's work of the same title.