Listed in Dance Magazine‘s 25 to watch for 2013, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener are Bessie award winners and former Merce Cunningham dancers. Mitchell and Riener have been working jointly and separately on site-specific installations, improvisational dances, traditional proscenium pieces, and immersive experiences since 2009. Of their 2012 Danspace premiere, Nox, The New York Times wrote: “a venture this artistically successful should be seen as a valediction to that part of the careers of these two supremely talented men. Fresh woods and pastures new.” 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 in various iterations at the BFI gallery in Miami as part of O, Miami Poetry Festival, pieter in Los Angeles, 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.

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