ZENITH Skyspace Dance Performance

A Dance Commission Choreographed by Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener

Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 7:00pm-8:00pm
Friday, April 19, 2024 | 7:00pm-8:00pm
James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice University
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Experience ZENITH a site-responsive dance by New York-based choreographers Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, with an original soundscape by Thomas Arsenault/Mas Ysa.  

Each free performance will be presented in and around the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace prior to the evening’s light sequence. ZENITH is performed by Morgan Amirah Burns, Marc Crousillat, Savannah Gaillard, and Chaery Moon and was commissioned by the Moody Center for the Arts. 

Seating at the Skyspace is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

In conjunction with the performance, a movement workshop led by Rashaun and Silas will be held at the Moody on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn more about the workshop and register here. 


About the artists

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener are New York-based dance artists. Their work involves the building of collaborative worlds through improvisational techniques, digital technologies, and material construction. They met as dancers in the Merce Cunningham Dance company and since 2010 they have created over 25 multidisciplinary dance works including site-responsive installations, concert dances, gallery performances and dances for film in venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Barbican Centre, REDCAT, The Walker Art Center, and MoMA/PS1. Throughout they have maintained a commitment to queer culture and aesthetics. Their partnership intentionally blurs authorship and maintains a deep commitment to collaboration with a diverse community of dancers, performers, artists and cultural institutions.

Rashaun Mitchell is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the 2012 NY Dance and Performance Award (Bessies) for "Outstanding Emerging Choreographer”. His work has been presented by New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Baryshnikov Arts Center, REDCAT, ICA Boston and Summer Stages Dance, La Mama Moves Festival, Mount Tremper Arts, Skirball Center at NYU, the Museum of Arts and Design, The Lab, ODC, and at various site-specific locations. Other awards include a 2007 Princess Grace Award: Dance Fellowship, a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Art "Grant to Artist," and a 2011 New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") for "Sustained achievement in the work of Merce Cunningham 2004-2012." Mitchell is a Cunningham Trustee and licensed stager of the repertory. Since graduating with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, he has collaborated with many artists, including Anne Carson, Stephin Merrit, Carla Fernandez, Charles Atlas, Xavier Cha, Davison Scandrett, Mas Ysa/ Thomas Arsenault, Jodi Melnick, Sara Mearns, Moriah Evans, Phillip Greenlief and Claudia LaRocco. Mitchell teaches workshops and classes throughout the country. He has staged work at CalArts and Connecticut College and has been on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, Princeton University, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Silas Riener is a graduate of Princeton University and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2007-2012. He has performed with Chantal Yzermans, Takehiro Ueyama, Christopher Williams, Joanna Kotze, Jonah Bokaer, Rebecca Lazier, Tere O'Connor, Wally Cardona, and Kota Yamazaki. His own work has been curated at EMPAC, The Chocolate Factory, LMCC's River to River Festival, The Serpentine Pavillion, and Danspace Project. His ongoing collaboration with artist Martha Friedman has resulted in works at Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, The Henry Museum, Locust Projects Miami, and Jessica Silverman Gallery.