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GALLIMasters: Master Class with Silas Riener

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NEW Masterclass Series Curated and Hosted by Gallim

Opening with Silas Riener

Kick off the GALLIMasters fall series on Tuesday, September 11th from 10am-12pm with Silas Riener, former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch".

GALLIMasters is a NEW, intensive technique and repertory masterclass series curated and hosted by Gallim. Meet and work closely with today's top creatives in an immersive session with their ideas, approach, technique, and body of work. Open to a limited number of advanced and professional-level dancers, this monthly series includes esteemed artists such as Cecily Campbell from the Trisha Brown Company, A.I.M's Catherine Ellis Kirk, Troy Ogilvie, and more!

For advanced and professional dancers.
Tuesday, September 11th | 10-12pm | $20 pre-pay, $25 at the door


Desire Lines are alternate, unofficial routes or social trails in nature and landscape architecture. They represent an accumulated record of disobedience and transformation. In class we apply this phenomenon to an improvisation practice which maps individual and collective action. The choreographic material is the attention of the performer, a navigation of impulses and fixed systems. The dancing offers shifting and emergent models for coexistence, assimilation, and rebellion. Our choices create a world built of its own desires, a provisional utopia constantly making and unmaking itself.


Silas Riener graduated from Princeton University in 2006 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, Joanna Kotze, Jonah Bokaer, Rebecca Lazier, Tere O'Connor, Wally Cardona, and Kota Yamazaki. He has an ongoing collaboration with sculptor Martha Friedman. 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 solo 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). Riener was the movement designer for the architecture and design firm Harrison Atelier in 2012/2013. Since 2010 he has collaborated with choreographer Rashaun Mitchell. Together they have been part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Extended Life Dance Development program, the New York City Choreographic Fellowship, and have been artists in residence at EMPAC, Mount Tremper Arts, Wellesley College, Jacob's Pillow, and Pieter. His work has also been curated at EMPAC, The Serpentine Pavillion, Danspace Project, Architecture OMI, CATCH, as part of LMCC's River to River Festival, The Chocolate Factory, and the BFI Gallery.

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