Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park: Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener – Danspace Project
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Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park: Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener

Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell. Photo: Alex John Beck.

Danspace Project has been invited by artist and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient, Josiah McElheny, to participate in Madison Square Park Conservancy’s thirty-fourth exhibition, Prismatic Park. Danspace Executive Director & Chief Curator, Judy Hussie-Taylor, has invited four dance artists to “inhabit” the Park to realize new commissions throughout the exhibition. The project features three large sculptures of painted wood and prismatic glass on view in Madison Square Park from June 13, 2017 through October 8, 2017. The resident artists will create ambitious new work that summons the potential for imagination, creativity, and performance inspired by spontaneous audiences and chance encounters.

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener present a public movement practice called Desire Lines, through which they seek to navigate internal landscapes, external architecture, and public desire. During the weeks of June 20-25 and June 27-July 2, thirteen dancers (including: David Rafael Botana, Justin Faircloth, Stanley Gambucci, Jennifer Gonzalez, Eleanor Hullihan, Kate Jewett, Catherine Kirk, Cori Kresge, Rashaun Mitchell, Mina Nishimura, Silas Riener, Maddie Schimmel, André Zachery) will appear in the park, individually and as a group. Costumes will be designed for the occasion by George Venson/voutsa; Painted image by Federico de Francesco.

The practice will culminate on Saturday, July 1 with a marathon day of dancing from 10am-9pm. A free workshop taught by Mitchell + Riener will be open to the public from 10am-1pm on the final day of their residency, Sunday, July 2.

Tuesday, June 20, 4-8pm: David Rafael Botana, Justin Faircloth
Wednesday, June 21, 12-3pm: André Zachery, Eleanor Hullihan & 6-9pm: Kate Jewett, Stanley Gambucci
Friday, June 23, 3-6pm: Kate Jewett & 4-7pm: Mina Nishimura
Saturday, June 24, 10am-2pm: Jennifer Gonzalez, Maddie Schimmel, Justin Faircloth, Catherine Kirk
Sunday, June 25, 10am-2pm: André Zachery, Mina Nishimura, Maddie Schimmel, Catherine Kirk
Tuesday, June 27, 5-9pm: Jennifer Gonzalez, Kate Jewett, Eleanor Hullihan, Stanley Gambucci, Cori Kresge
Wednesday, June 28, 9am-1pm: David Rafael Botana, Cori Kresge, Catherine Kirk
Thursday, June 29, 5-9pm: Jennifer Gonzalez, Cori Kresge, André Zachery, Eleanor Hullihan
Friday, June 30, 1-4pm: Cori Kresge & 1-5pm: Mina Nishimura & 2-6pm: David Rafael Botana & 4-9pm: Maddie Schimmel, Justin Faircloth, Stanley Gambucci
Saturday, July 1, 10am-9pm: MARATHON DAY – All dancers
Sunday, July 2, 10am-1pm: Workshop with Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener (free and open to all!)


Danspace Project’s resident artists and dates in Prismatic Park are as follows:
Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener: June 20-25, 2017; June 27-July 2, 2017
Netta Yerushalmy: August 1-6, 2017; August 8-13, 2017
Jodi Melnick: September 12-17, 2017; September 19-24, 2017


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