Charles Atlas / Rashaun Mitchell / Silas Riener, Tesseract; pictured, from left to right: Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener (photo © Mick Bello / EMPAC)

Since teaming up in 2010, the duo of Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener has expanded the boundaries of contemporary dance, drawing on various other forms of media to create hybrid performances. These have included choreographed responses to seminal works of abstract expressionism, explorations of Mexican fashion and craft with designer Carla Fernández, and a dance-installation inspired by medicine and pharmaceuticals.

Described as a queer, sci-fi space odyssey, Tesseract is perhaps the most ambitious production to date from these veterans of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, a collaboration with pioneering video artist Charles Atlas that combines live dance with 3D video. Atlas — a longtime Cunningham collaborator who started out as his stage manager in the 1970s — will also be live-mixing footage of the dancers, which will then be projected back onto the stage, creating a vibrant fusion of real and digital spaces.

When: Thursday, November 30–Saturday, December 2, 8:30pm nightly; Sunday, December 3, 3pm ($12–$25)
Where: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) (631 West 2nd Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info here.

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.