May 28, 2017
Antelope Hills Road
Performed in the open landscape at sunset with live accompaniment by saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener premiere a new work inspired by architect, writer, and philosopher Claude Bragdon. Bragdon’s ideas regarding progressive architecture modeled after forms found in nature influenced his belief in the individual’s role as one in service to the group. In other words, he examined geometry and organic architecture in pursuit of a divine connection found in everyday experience. Mitchell and Riener apply these ideas to their physical improvisation practice. Through movement, they incorporate aspects of the surrounding environment as a means of connecting to the world at large.
ABOUT THE DANCERS
Since 2010 Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener have created dance in response to complex and active spatial environments, often merging elements of fantasy, absurdity, and quiet contemplation into challenging multifaceted performance. After working together for years in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mitchell and Riener developed a keen interest in the way abstraction and representation coincide in the body. Their collaborative work takes many forms, from site-specific installations, improvisational dances, and traditional proscenium pieces to highly crafted and intimate, immersive experiences. Historical influences and aesthetic forms collapse into a visually charged hybrid physical language. Together they have been 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, and Pieter. Their work has been presented at MOMA PS1 as part of Greater NY, Walker Art Center, MCA Chicago, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, the Vail International Dance Festival, REDCAT, ICA Boston, and the O Miami Poetry Festival.
ABOUT THE MUSICIAN
Since his emergence on the West Coast in the late 1970s saxophonist/composer Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk, and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, PG, Jon Raskin). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home for progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award.