RiverArts Scores Dance World Coup For 50th Season
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY - Celebrating its 50th Anniversary season and building upon a half-century legacy of dance innovation, RiverArts scores a dance world coup presenting Rashaun Mitchell’s emotionally-charged Interface plus the world premiere of a breathtaking new work created with the choreographer’s Westchester alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College.
Lauded as “the most riveting dancer” in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company by New York Times chief dance critic Alastair Macaulay, Mitchell’s vibrant, poetic compositions promise a new brand of downtown dance for Westchester’s far-uptown audiences. RiverArts brings Rashaun Mitchell to the Claudia Boettcher Theatre at the Masters School, 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY for one night only on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 pm.
While they last, tickets ($30 for RiverArts Members; $40 for Non-Members; $25 for seniors; $20 for students and children) may be purchased at riverarts.org or by calling 914.412.5120. Also available: a limited number of VIP tickets (add $30 to ticket price) offering prime seating and admission to a post-performance party with Mitchell and dancers.
Interface - a powerful creation examining the physicality and transmission of emotions - comes to the Rivertowns fresh on the heels of its rave-reviewed performance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan. Choreographer Rashaun Mitchell will perform together with fellow Merce Cunningham dancers Silas Riener, Melissa Toogood and Cori Kresger. Set to an original electronic score by Thomas Arsenault, Interface features visual design by Davison Scandrett, Fraser Taylor and Nicholas O’Brien. Warning: this exhilarating dance may rattle your heart and ignite your spirit.
The concert also features the world premiere of “Conversation Piece” created for Mitchell’s alumni dance department at Westchester’s Sarah Lawrence College. Continuing RiverArts leadership in developing gifted young artists – and educating local audiences with mind-blowing new works - this performance showcases Mitchell’s artistry in a lively collaboration with select undergraduate and MFA student dancers. The composition explores the vibrancy of youth, treating connoisseurs and wooing new fans with a sneak peek at the next generation of dance innovation.
Widely honored as a dancer of extraordinary exuberance and dramatic range, Rashaun Mitchell’s distinctive choreography has begun to carve a new niche in the pantheon for its expressive power and poetic subtlety. Mitchell graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000, the same year he received the coveted Viola Farber-Slayton Memorial Grant from the foundation for Contemporary Arts that allowed him to move to New York City and pursue dance projects with leading artists such as Donna Uchizono, Pam Tanowitz, Sara Rudner and Jonah Bokaer. Mitchell received the prestigious Princess Grace Award: Dance Fellowship in 2007 and followed up with the 2011 New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for sustained achievement in the work of Merce Cunningham (2004-2012).
Mitchell’s own work has been presented by Danspace Project, La Mama Moves Festival, and, in a groundbreaking collaboration with writer Anne Carson, at the Skirball Center at NYU among others. Mitchell is currently an artist-in-residence at Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.
RiverArts Guides Westchester on the Cutting Edge of Contemporary Dance
With expert direction from RiverArts’ Artistic Dance Director Maxine Sherman (former principal dancer with Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham) together with Mary Ford-Sussman (former principal dancer with José Limón), RiverArts has emerged a dance trailblazer for the region. Recent years have brought Ailey II, Battleworks, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Rioult Dance NY and The Limón Dance Company to perform for Rivertowns audiences, with an equally exceptional line-up of dance conversations and screenings rounding out the program.
Celebrating a Half-Century of RiverArts
Entering its 50th Anniversary Season as winner of ArtsWestchester’s 2013 Arts Organization Award, RiverArts has grown to become a haven – and inspiration – for a wide range of visual and performing artists and for savvy art lovers throughout lower Westchester and beyond. Exciting and educational events include an annual artist studio tour, contemporary dance performances, a prestigious Music Lessons Program, SummerArts Workshops for Kids, a film series, exclusive artist conversations and more.
RiverArts appreciates its corporate and foundation support including ArtsWestchester, The Eileen Fisher Community Foundation, Lockhart and Wechsler Direct and Lucky Star. RiverArts also thanks our members, Villages, businesses, and private donors for their invaluable contributions.