Charles Atlas / Rashaun Mitchell / Silas Riener
Tesseract

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Charles Atlas/Rashaun Mitchell/Silas Riener, Tesseract, 2015. Pictured: Rashaun Mitchell, Cori Kresge, Melissa Toogood, Silas Riener, Kristin Foote, and David Rafael Botana. Image courtesy of Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, and EMPAC.

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They don’t just break the rules. They break them in a new way each time.

About

3D film reaches contemporary dance in this voyage into queer space, time, and bodies. Choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, both dancers who performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, collaborate with radical video artist Charles Atlas on this new project that uses technology to shape new ways of seeing. Part film, part live performance, this event begins as a 3D viewing experience of dances composed for camera and unfolds into live dance with real-time video mixed and projected live by Atlas, allowing for multiple perspectives of bodies in motion.

Presented in conjunction with Merce Cunningham: Common Time

Running time: approx. 2 hours, one intermission

  1. Long Two men stand upright on a dark stage. One man stands towards the right (stage left); the other stands stands further away on the left side of the image (upstage right). The stage is full of hanging yarn of various shades of blue and red. The men's abdomens are covered with yellow, black, and gold yarn, which extend out from their side, presumably coming from above. The torso, arms, and legs of each man is bare and unclothed. The man on the right slightly hovers above the ground as if in mid-jump. On the bottom right corner, the darker blue yarn has pooled on the floor. Both the yarn and figures are lit by dramatic lighting, leaving the background pitch black.
Charles Atlas/Rashaun Mitchell/Silas Riener, Tesseract, 2015. Pictured: Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. Image courtesy of Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell, and Silas Riener.

About the Artists

After working together in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener began collaborating on dance projects that continually push at the unraveling boundaries of dance research. Throughout a wide range of works made in response to different charged spaces—from site-specific installations to immersive experiences to works for conventional theaters—they maintain a keen interest in ways that the human body can be both abstract and representational. Their work has been presented at MoMA PS1, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Vail International Dance Festival, REDCAT, and ICA Boston, among others.

Charles Atlas is a pioneer in film and video, and led the development of media-dance, or performance made directly for the camera. He has consistently fostered collaborative relationships, working intimately with such artists and performers as Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Douglas Dunn, Marina Abramović, Yvonne Rainer, Mika Tajima/New Humans, Antony and the Johnsons, and most notably Merce Cunningham, for whom he was in-house videographer from the early 1970s through 1983. Atlas is also known as a set and lighting designer, and his major work MC9 is featured in the MCA exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time.

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A dancer in orange leotard arches her back and rests on her elbows behind an open cube sculpture and against a bright green background. Her left hip is accentuated by a sharp cone in the same orange of her leotard.
  1. Long In an empty, horizon-less green space, a young woman reclines on her elbows. Her right knee is raised, and her back arched. Her hips are accentuated by sharp cones that project from her orange leotard. Her gaze is downcast, towards the open, orange cubical structure beside her.
Charles Atlas/Rashaun Mitchell/Silas Riener, Tesseract, 2015. Pictured: Melissa Toogood. Image courtesy of Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, and EMPAC.

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Charles Atlas/Rashaun Mitchell/Silas Riener, Tesseract, 2015. Pictured: Melissa Toogood, Cori Kresge, Silas Riener, and Rashaun Mitchell. Image courtesy of Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, and EMPAC.

Funding

Lead support for the MCA Stage New Works Initiative is provided by Elizabeth A. Liebman.