SILAS RIENER grew up in Washington DC. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Comparative Literature and certificates in Creative Writing and Dance, with a focus on linguistics. As a dancer he has worked with Chantal Yzermans, Takehiro Ueyama, Christopher Williams, Jonah Bokaer, and Rebecca Lazier, and is currently dancing in projects for Tere O’Connor and Wally Cardona. He was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from November 2007 until its closure at the end of 2011, and received a 2012 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his performance in Cunningham’s Split Sides. While performing with MCDC, Riener completed his MFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2008). Since 2010 he has collaborated with poet Anne Carson and choreographer Rashaun Mitchell, with whom he continues to develop new projects. He has taught workshops on performance and technique classes at Concord Academy SummerStages and throughout Turkey at several universities, and is currently on faculty in the Dance Program at Princeton University. He was the movement designer for the architecture and design firm The Harrison Atelier in 2012/2013 and choreographed the site-specific performance/installations Pharmacophore: Architectural Placebo at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and VEAL at the Invisible Dog Art Center. His work has also been seen at CATCH, and as part of LMCC’s River to River Festival, at Danspace Project, and the BFI Gallery in Miami. Along with Rashaun Mitchell he was named to Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2013, and is a member of LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development Program.
Class Description: warm-up, techniques of improvisation, exploring dynamic shapes through movement and space, translating mental and emotional states through the body