Visiting Artists | March 18- 31, 2018
Desire Lines: translation
Artistic collaborators Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener come to MANCC to develop their work, Desire Lines: translation. “Desire lines” is a term used in landscape architecture to describe alternate, unofficial routes or social trails through nature. They are essentially records of disobedience and transformation in public space. For this project, Mitchell and Riener will apply this phenomenon to their dance-making process through a series of group improvisation investigations with a rotating cast of performers and collaborators.
Mitchell and Riener will also engage in an exploration of the disparate lineages within their particular dance heritages to draw connections in the areas of improvisation, collage, task-based modes, mimesis, meditation, and transcendentalism. The work and processes of Robert Rauschenberg, Anna Halprin, Charles Atlas, architect Claude Bragdon, and spirit-medium and artist Ethel Le Rossignol will be used as road maps to navigate internal/psychological landscapes, external architecture, and collective desire.
Claudia La Rocco joins Mitchell and Riener in her capacity as artist-in-residence at On the Boards in Seattle. Through a three-year Doris Duke grant, she is creating context around contemporary performance (focused on, but not exclusive to, the artists at OntheBoards.tv), in part through building partnerships with institutions such as MANCC. Working with these organizations, and numerous artists and thinkers in the field, La Rocco’s project is an effort to spin constellations of ideas around ephemeral works, allowing individual viewers various avenues into these performances through such materials as interviews, essays, poems, drawings, and archival videos. Some of these materials are pre-existing, while others are being commissioned. The Duke award is an artist-led grant, and the focus is on privileging individual perspectives, styles, and voices, approaching the creation of context as its own artistic practice.