Katy Dammers crafted an experimental piece in conversation with our performance at ODC Theater this spring entitled AN IMPROVISATION. The performance was a collaboration with Phillip Greenlief (saxaphone), Shoko Hikage (koto), Claudia La Rocco (text), and ourselves presented as part of the Walking Distance Dance Festival. Dammers spoke to each of us, and wove together our responses with her own reflections. You can read the full piece on the ODC blog HERE.
Megan Metcalf wrote about our piece DESIRE LINES: RETROFIT at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as published on Open Space by Claudia La Rocco, SFMOMA's online & live interdisciplinary commissioning platform. You can read the entire piece here: https://openspace.sfmoma.org/2018/02/future-formers-former-futures/
This work was presented as part of Limited Edition, an Open Space partnership with CounterPulse, The Lab, ODC Theater, Performance at SFMOMA, and Z Space that explores questions of legacy and lineage through performances, discussions, and gatherings at various locations throughout the city from January to March 2018, with commissioned texts. The theme of this year’s Limited Edition is “Forward-Looking Lineages,” inspired in part by the SFMOMA show Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules. Contemporary performance is, among many things, a set of traditions, enriched and bedeviled by questions of ownership, of legacy, of the authentic and the appropriated. As sites for well-resourced arts writing continue to be imperiled, and as vital independent arts spaces struggle to stay afloat in the face of rapid gentrification and decreased arts funding, Limited Edition seeks to address a crucial need for smart context around contemporary culture.
Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener spoke with Brian Seibert at the New York Times about their public practice Desire Lines in Madison Square Park as part of Josiah McElheny's Prismatic Park. You can access the full interview HERE.
Mary Coyne, Curatorial Assistant at the Walker Art Center, considers the politics and beauty of exploring the fourth dimension in Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell, and Silas Riener’s Tesseract, that was performed at the Walker March 16–18, 2017 as part of programming around the exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time.
Read the full article HERE.
Co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center and the Experimental and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Tesseract is the creative product of longtime Cunningham collaborator and visual/media artist Charles Atlas and former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. A live dance-technology hybrid featuring seven dancers and 3-D video, Tesseract weaves together dance, sci-fi narratives, and live film segments edited by Atlas in real time. Toggling between the corporeal and the digital, this revolutionary work disorients one’s sense of space and time in playful and unpredictable ways. In a 2015 interview with curator Victoria Brooks, first published in the catalogue for the Walker-organized exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time, the collaborators discuss the film that preceded the live version of Tesseract, creating work for cinematic, theatrical, and museum contexts, breaking the rules of 3-D filmmaking, and the legacy Cunningham left for the world of dance film.
Read the full interview online here: http://blogs.walkerart.org/performingarts/2017/03/13/camera-as-body-an-interview-with-charles-atlas-rashaun-mitchell-and-silas-riener/
Years in the making, Tesseract brings together video artist Charles Atlas with dancer/choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener in a collaboration that pushes the boundaries of space, time, and energy. Part dance, part 3D film, and part science-fiction, the show is divided into six chapters that display a different world, visually and energetically, with unique rules dictating the type of movements for each section. The resulting experience is a densely layered, visually stunning alternative universe drawn from numerous influences and collaborations. In advance of the work’s performances at Walker Art Center Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell provided commentary on a selection of film stills, performance images, and behind-the-scenes photos from the making of Tesseract to provide a glimpse into multiple dimensions of the work.
Read the full piece online here: http://blogs.walkerart.org/performingarts/2017/03/10/exploring-visual-dimensions-of-tesseract-with-silas-riener/
Rashaun Mitchell was recently interviewed by Zack Kligler in The Indy, speaking about translation, subversion, and getting lost on purpose. See the full interview HERE.
Illustration by Julie Benbassat
Silas Riener was featured in the relaunch of Dance Ink, a magazine originally published from 1989-1996that developed a cult following among dancers, photographers, and designers for its coverage of dance and performance in New York City. In this issue it returns to its original premise of creating a unique and enduring stage for performance, using great photography, powerful design, and the beauty of high-quality printing. Dancers Silas Riener, Adrian Danchig-Waring, and Amar Ramasar are featured with articles by Nancy Dalva and photography by Christian Witkin.
Kerry Stichweh interviewed Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener for FLAUNT Magazine about self body knowledge, the power of self doubt, and the difference between making information and decoding it. Read the article HERE.
Photos by Tetsu Kubota.
New Circuits: Curating Contemporary Performance Artist Conversation Speakers: Charles Atlas and Rashaun Mitchell with Victoria Brooks (EMPAC) This artist conversation was presented as part of New Circuits: Curating Contemporary Performance, an invitational curatorial research convening focused on pressing areas of inquiry facing the field of curating contemporary performance.
Both Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener contributed to the catalogue for the 2015 Danspace Platform Dancers, Buildings, People in the Streets curated by Claudia La Rocco. The publication, edited by La Rocco with Judie Hussie-Taylor, is available to purchase HERE.
Read Rashaun's contribution a constellation of thoughts from the past summer or Pasts, Possibles and other Fiction.
Read Silas' contribution DBPITS.