A dance examining the physicality and transmission of emotions, Interface is performed by choreographer Rashaun Mitchell with fellow former Merce Cunningham dancers Silas Riener, Melissa Toogood, and Cori Kresge. Set to an original electronic score by Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa) with visual design by Davison Scandrett, Fraser Taylor, and Nicholas O'Brien.
Interface was developed in residence at BAC with support from the Martha Duffy Memorial Fund.
"You Don’t Dance With Your Face, or Do You?"
"Rashaun Mitchell, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York"
"Rashaun Mitchell with Nancy Dalva"
"Talking to Rashaun Mitchell About "Interface" at Baryshnikov Arts Center"
"Rashaun Mitchell in conversation with Ryan McNamara"
Rashaun Mitchell was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He started dancing at Concord Academy in Massachusetts and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000. He received the Viola Farber-Slayton Memorial Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2000.
Since then he has danced with Pam Tanowitz, Chantal Yzermans, Donna Uchizono, Risa Jaroslow, Jonah Bokaer, Rebecca Lazier, Sara Rudner, and Richard Colton. He joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in January 2004 and is currently on faculty at the Cunningham Studio. In 2007 he was the 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 and Mt. Tremper Arts. Outside of New York, his collaborations with writer Anne Carson have been presented by The Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, OMiami Festival, College of St. Elizabeth, Wellesley College, Princeton University and the University of Minnesota. Mitchell is the recipient of a 2011 Princess Grace Special Project Grant for Interface, which had a work-in-progress performance at Danspace’s Food For Thought on October 20th of this year. He also received a Bessie Award for Sustained Achievement in the Merce Cunningham Dance Co.