Program — DESIRE LINES: RETROFIT

Destination Performance *

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 3 p.m.
Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box

Durational Performance

January 11–13, 2018
Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Floors 1, 2, and 4

Desire Lines are alternate, unofficial routes or social trails in nature and in landscape architecture. They represent an accumulated record of disobedience and transformation in public space. We apply this phenomenon to a dance-making process and propose a group improvisation which maps individual and collective action. The practice puts deep focus on the path-making we deploy in our thought and memory structures for movement, navigation, and structure building. We create a porous and permissive space based on the democratic choices of a group moving inside a world built from its own desires. A provisional utopia constantly making and unmaking itself.

This practice exists in dialogue with Robert Rauschenberg’s creative misuse and recapitulation of everyday objects and materials. We appropriate this methodology by retrofitting movements, visual ideas, and sounds. Whatever is in the room or space becomes fodder for structure building. Bags, clothes, fans, papers, and chairs become towers, houses, boundaries, or stages.

DESIRE LINES: RETROFIT frames the mechanics of creation. The choreographic material is the attention of the performer, constantly negotiating instinct and logic, a delicate balance of abandon and control.

—Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener

*Doors for the destination performances open 30 minutes prior to show time.


Portrait of Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Reiner

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener

Choreographers and 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 many 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, and Jacob’s Pillow and Pieter. 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 and Summer Stages Dance, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, On the Boards, and the O Miami Poetry Festival.