A project by Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
Costumes designed for the occasion by George Venson/Voutsa with painted image by Federico de Francesco
Photographed by Paula Lobo, Featured in The New York Times
Danspace Project was 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, invited four dance artists, including Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener to “inhabit” the Park to realize new commissions throughout the exhibition, which runs from June 13, 2017 through October 8, 2017.
Desire Lines is a public movement practice unfolding and accumulating over two weeks. A site-based improvisation world inspired by the work and ideas of architect Claude Bragdon, Theosophist Annie Besant, and spirit-medium and artist Ethel Le Rossignol, and the manifold chaos of mapping a collective consciousness for social change in an urban environment.
“Ideally the role of the audience is that of a group member of the composition. They are given the freedom to discover and select out of a series of possible combinations of relationships. A single center of focus is never imposed on them. They are participants in the very act of composition. The elements of indeterminacy utilized in the composition make this possible, the non-fixed space, and the open implications and associations. Choice is a freedom built into the composition for the benefit of the spectator. This involvement is the audience role.”–Anna Halprin
“The creation of an object is the passing out of an image from the mind and its subsequent materialisation.”–Thought-Forms by Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater
FeaturingDavid Rafael Botana | Justin Faircloth | Stanley Gambucci | Jennifer GonzalezEleanor Hullihan | Kate Jewett | Catherine Kirk | Cori Kresge | Rashaun MitchellMina Nishimura | Silas Riener | Maddie Schimmel | André Zachery