Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener and Claudia La Rocco

Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener began their collaborative work while dancing together in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Since 2010 they have created site-specific installations, improvisational dances, traditional proscenium pieces, film dances and highly crafted and intimate, immersive experiences. Together they have been a part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program, the New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship, and have been artists in residence at EMPAC, Mount Tremper Arts, Wellesley College, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance Initiative, Madison Square Park Conservancy, and Pieter (L.A). Their work has been presented at MOMA PS1 as part of Greater NY, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, the Vail International Dance Festival, REDCAT, ICA Boston/Summer Stages Dance, the O Miami Poetry Festival, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, On the Boards, Marfa Sounding/Marfa Live Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music and SFMOMA.

Claudia La Rocco is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), selected poetry, performance texts, images and criticism, and the novel petit cadeau, published by The Chocolate Factory Theater as a print edition of one and an interdisciplinary live edition. She edited I Donʼt Poem: An Anthology of Painters (Off the Park Press) and Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, the catalogue for Danspace Project’s PLATFORM 2015, which she curated. July, the debut album from animals & giraffes, her duo with musician/composer Phillip Greenlief, has just been released by Edgetone Records. She is an Artforum contributor, was a critic and reporter for The New York Times for many years, and is now editor-in-chief of SFMOMA’s arts and culture platform Open Space. She is currently an artist in residence at On the Boards, part of a three-year Doris Duke grant to create context around contemporary performance.

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.

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Collaborators in Residence: Stanley Gambucci, Jennifer Gonzalez, Eleanor Hullihan, Cori Kresge, Paul Moreland [Dancers], Cori Olinghouse [Archivist], Laura Checkoway [Filmmaker]

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