If you are fans of Merce Cunningham like we are here at Gia On The Move you will love this! We also happen to be lucky to have worked with photographer Richard Avedon, who inspired the subject matter of this performance too. What a treat! And if you are a dancer, you’ll want to get in on the workshop that accompanies this performance.
REDCAT, CalArts Downtown Center for the Contemporary Arts, will be presenting what has been described as the intoxicating choreography of former Merce Cunningham dancer Rashaun Mitchell combined with the live musical stylings of Magnetic Fields singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt in their new work, Performance, Thursday, December 4th to Sunday December 7th.
Performance is a celebration of the mysteries in the art of performance, of on-the-spot wit and invention, and of the absurd. This one-of-a-kind collaboration is inspired by an observation from Richard Avedon: We all perform. It’s what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. Its a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what wed like to be.
Developed during a residency at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA) in Boston in 2013, the dance and music exist within the beguiling visual design created by San Francisco installation artist Ali Naschke-Messing and a lighting design by Davison Scandrett.
Rashaun Mitchell is joined by dancers Hiroki Ichinose, Cori Kresge and Silas Riener, and Stephin Merritt performing on and off stage.
In conjunction with the REDCAT performances of Rashaun Mitchell’s Performance, Silas Reiner, dancer and choreographer, will lead the workshop Building Other Worlds: Inside Worlds Outside Worlds at Pieter Performance Space, Saturday, December 6 from 12-2pm.
Thur-Sat, December 4-6, 8:30pm and Sun, December 7, 7pm
Tickets: $25-$30 (students/members $20-$25)
Get a taste of Rashaun Mitchell here:
Photo (above) by Liza Voll Photography: Rashaun Mitchell: Performance