Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener have led workshops and outreach activities throughout the world in conjunction with performances and residencies at Wellesley College, Colorado Dance Initiative, Gibney Dance Center DanCentricity, and New York University Tisch School of the Arts among others. They are interested in working with students, community partners, and other teaching and lecture opportunities.

 

Lecture Demonstration:
For this lecture demonstration Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener 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.

Indoor movement class:
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, as well as other qualitative ideas enhanced by proprioceptive awareness, muscular control and spiritual ease.

Outdoor Improvisation class:
This class will introduce one or more improvisational modalities used in our ongoing practice involving techniques of embodiment and acts of transgression. Drawn from our choreographic interest in transformation, we will expand our sense of attention through a focused yet playful connection to our environment. We will move to invent, renew and articulate our relationship to the world around us by cultivating links between imagined states, sensorial experiences and a constantly shifting performance landscape. 

Past Workshops:

October 17, 2018 10:30am

Columbia College Chicago Dance Masterclass Series

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is offering a FREE Advanced/Professional Modern Technique class taught by Silas Riener of Tere O’Connor Dance. This class will train dancers with short exercises drawn from the Cunningham Technique and designed to focus on rhythm, dynamic alignment, and clear separation of initiations in the body to build complex longer movement phrases drawn from the repertory of Tere O'Connor.

September 11, 2018 10am

Gallim Masterclass Series

Gallim Dance

GALLIMasters is a new, intensive technique and repertory masterclass series curated and hosted by Gallim. Meet and work closely with today's top creatives in an immersive session with their ideas, approach, technique, and body of work. Silas Riener, former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" kicks off the series this fall.

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. 

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 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. 


Photo: Alex Beck