RASHAUN AND SILAS
CHOREOGRAPHER, DANCER (NEW YORK)
Listed in Dance Magazine‘s 25 to watch for 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. Both Bessie award winners and former Merce Cunningham dancers, Mitchell and Riener have been collaborating since 2009, with a keen interest in crafting multi-faceted vocabulary for performance. They are both drawn to space as an agent of performance, and have been exploring how to create dance in response to complex and active spatial environments. Previous works include Nox, a collaboration with writer Anne Carson, weathervane, a series of responsive improvisations for the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College (2012), and TASTE, 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. They are members of LMCC’s inaugural Extended Life Dance Development Program.