Dance Off The Grid celebrates its fourth consecutive season at the Emelin! Each of the three evenings of this eclectic performance series (The New Yorker) features multiple world-class artists and companies surveying the diversity of today’s dance landscape. As always, the audience is invited to stay after each evening’s program for a lively and insightful Q&A session with the choreographers and the dancers to learn more about what inspires their work.
This extraordinary series kicks off on March 3rd featuring an exciting vision for the future of the art form in the dance of Raushan Mitchell + Silas Reiner, the post-Graham artistry of RIOULT Dance NY, and the powerful, athletic, and incredibly contemporary Bessie Award-winning Souleymane Badolo.
Two more Dance Off The Grid events are scheduled this Spring. On Apr 7, see performances by: the beautiful and ever-challenging Dance Theatre of Harlem; the unique body percussion/tap of Max Pollak RumbaTap; and the theatrically expressive New York Theatre Ballet. The season finale on May 12, features: the all-male repertory dance company 10 Hairy Legs; the highly innovative Bessie Award-winning Palissimo; and the iconic, internationally distinguished Trisha Brown Dance Company.
There is something for everyone in this season’s sampler. You won’t want to miss any of it! Subscribe to all three Dance Off The Grid events and save 10% off the ticket price.
ABOUT RAUSHAN MITCHELL + SILAS REINER
Since 2010 Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener have created dance in response to complex and active spatial environments, often merging elements of fantasy, absurdity, and quiet contemplation. Their collaborative work revels in the possibilities of the highly articulated dancing body where current and historical influences and aesthetic forms are collapsed into a hybrid physical and visually charged language. Their work takes many forms, from site-specific installations, improvisational dances, traditional proscenium pieces, to highly crafted immersive experiences. After working together in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mitchell and Riener began collaborating on dance projects which continually push at the unraveling boundaries of dance research, with a keen interest in the way abstraction and representation coincide in the body.
Rashaun Mitchell is a choreographer, performer and teacher living and working in NYC. He is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the 2012 New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer.
Silas Riener graduated from Princeton University and completed his MFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company he received a 2012 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his solo performance in Cunningham’s Split Sides.
ABOUT RIOULT DANCE NY
Founded in 1994, RIOULT Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of founder and choreographer Pascal Rioult. RIOULT Dance NY has performed in theaters and festivals throughout the world.
ABOUT SOULEYMANE BADOLO
Born in Burkina Faso and based in Brooklyn, dancer and choreographer Souleymane “Solo” Badolo explores the delicate balance between maintaining roots and beginning again. In Yimbégré, he and fellow dancer Sylvestre Koffitse Akakpo-Adzaku, along with master drummer Mamoudou Konate, demonstrate a powerful, athletic, and incredibly contemporary movement technique. This work is a deeply personal dance, full of intimate gesture and bursts of energy, and strongly grounded in African traditions and history.
Souleymane Badolo is a 2016 Bessie Award Nominee for Outstanding Production for his work Yimbégré: Replanting roots in the name of freedom.
“His cross-pollinations of traditional African and contemporary dance produce a rippling, precise idiom very much his own, capable of telling many stories in the same instant. — The New York Times