Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener

Jul 3, 5 & 6 1:30pm

Elevated Acre (55 Water Street)
Presented as part Water Street Pops!

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.

Part of the conceptual and choreographic material for r e v e a l must be attributed to initial explorations that were part of Harrison Atelier’s large-scale installation VEAL, with choreography by Silas Riener in collaboration with Rashaun Mitchell and Cori Kresge.

Listed in Dance Magazine‘s 25 to watch for in 2013, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener are artists who work collaboratively and separately on varied performance projects, including site-specific installations, improvisational dances, traditional proscenium pieces, and immersive experiences. Mitchell and Riener began working together on dance projects in 2009. They are interested in crafting new vocabulary for dance performance, and new ways for experiencing dance research. They are both drawn to space as an agent of performance, and have been particularly interested in how to create dance in response to complex and active spatial environments. Their first site-specific dance-poetry project NOX, with text by Anne Carson, takes into account its surroundings as a vehicle for communicating particular metaphorical or sense-based aspects of dance and performance. It has been shown in many places from 2009-2013, including in a barn, church, old furniture factory, a high glass-walled museum gallery, and a proscenium theatre. NOX was nominated for New York Dance and Performing Awards in three categories (Mitchell-emerging choreographer, Riener-performance, outstanding production of 2012).

Mitchell and Riener are continuing to develop projects with collaborative influence, and a strong spatial presence. They have also collaborated on weathervane, a series of responsive improvisations for the Newhouse center for the Humanities at Wellesley College, and TASTE, excerpts of which have been seen at the BFI gallery in Miami as part of O, Miami poetry festival, pieter in LA, the John Cage Centenniary celebration at Danspace Project, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center Fall 2012 Gala at ABA gallery in New York, and which will eventually be seen at Danspace Project in 2013.


r e v e a l is commissioned by LMCC and presented as part of the River To River Festival 2013. r e v e a l was developed during an LMCC artist residency in 2013 as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Water Street Pops! is made possible by NYCEDC and the City of New York.

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