Merce Cunningham principal dancers Silas Riener & Rashaun Mitchell rehearse "Interface," Rashaun's new choreography on emotions and the visceral. Includes dancers Stacy Martorana and Melissa Toogood. Music by Thomas Arsenault (Ablehearts).
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Revolutionary American choreographer Merce Cunningham died in 2009 at the age of 90, leaving behind a company that is set by will to dissolve this month--on December 31st, 2011--after 58 years of innovation. In Edition III, Fortnight follows young company dancers Silas and Rashaun as they pay tribute to their master--and prepare for a new era in their career.
Rashaun Mitchell joined Merce Cunningham Dance Company in January 2004 and is currently on faculty at the Cunningham Studio. He is a Sarah Lawrence College graduate and 2007 recipient of a Princess Grace Award: Dance Fellowship. His own choreography has been presented in New York at the Skirball Center, the La Mama Theater, Mt. Tremper Arts and The Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.
Silas Riener joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in November 2007. He holds a BA from Princeton University in Comparative Literature, and an MFA in Dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He and Rashaun premiered NOX, a collaboration with renowned poet and classicist Anne Carson, in 2010.
Fortnight is a documentary on the millennial generation. Millennials are the first generation raised on the Internet and the last to remember life unplugged. Discover the lives and ideas of 58 individuals coming of age as the world turns digital.