Tesseract

Charles Atlas/Rashaun Mitchell/Silas Riener

An inventive exploration of the relationship between the human form and technology, presented in two distinct acts, during which film, dance and visual art seem to shift into kaleidoscopic dimensions.

To open the show, an astonishing 3D film with vividly contrasting chapters in which movement and setting transport the viewer into imagined and hybrid worlds.

For the second part, a live performance is captured by multiple cameras onstage; the footage mixed and projected onto a translucent screen, offering various perspectives of the crisp, intricate and innovative choreography.

An ambitious work by choreographic duo Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener and pioneering video artist Charles Atlas – all past collaborators of Merce Cunningham Dance CompanyTesseract is inspired by science fiction and time travel. Experimental in form and technique, it is rich in psychedelic, potent, disorientating and hypnotic images.
 

Duration: 1 hour 45 mins, including an interval
Age guidance: 12+

3D glasses are provided for free

Fri 1 Mar, 6pm
Pre-show talk for members

Trevor Carlson in conversation with Charles Atlas

Presented by the Barbican. Tesseract (3D film) was commissioned and produced by EMPAC/Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and co-commissioned by Triangle France. Tesseract (live performance) was co-commissioned by EMPAC, Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, On the Boards and Brooklyn Academy of Music
 
Made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W Mellon Foundation. Developed, in part, through residencies at EMPAC, The Watermill Center and Walker Art Center
 

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‘Sharp, seductive and stunning‘

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