Rashaun Mitchell is a choreographer, performer and teacher living and working in NYC. He is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the 2012 New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. His work focuses on the creation of new vocabularies for dance performance, with a particular interest in creating polymodal dance in response to complex and active spatial environments. It takes into account its surroundings as a vehicle for communicating particular metaphorical, intertextual, and sense-based aspects of dance and performance. His choreography has been presented by MoMA PS1, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Baryshnikov Arts Center, REDCAT, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston and Summer Stages Dance, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, La Mama Moves Festival, Mount Tremper Arts, Skirball Center at NYU, the Museum of Arts and Design, and at numerous site-specific venues and universities.
Other awards include a 2007 Princess Grace Award: Dance Fellowship, a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Art "Grant to Artist," and a 2011 New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award for "Sustained achievement in the work of Merce Cunningham 2004-2012." He is a Cunningham Fellow and licensed stager of the repertory. Mitchell has been on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, an artist-in residence at Wellesley College, and has taught master classes throughout the country. With his ongoing collaborator, Silas Riener, he received a 2014 City Center Choreographic Fellowship, was selected for LMCC"s inaugural Extended Life Development Program, and listed in Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch."
Since graduating with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, Mitchell has done projects with artists Chantal Yzermans, Donna Uchizono, Pam Tanowitz, Risa Jaroslow, Sara Rudner, Jonah Bokaer, Richard Colton, Deborah Hay, Rebecca Lazier, Jodi Melnick, Sara Mearns, Moriah Evans, The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, Anne Carson, Charles Atlas, Xavier Cha, Claudia LaRocco and Silas Riener.