Friday Film Break: Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener and Patti Smith Celebrate Gerhard Richter

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener perform in Gagosian gallery's latest episode of Gagosian Premieres. Available on Gagosian's website and YouTube channel, the short film celebrates the work of abstract expressionist painter Gerhard Richter.

Gagosian is one of the foremost art galleries in the world, with 17 branches spanning the United States, Europe and Asia.

Mitchell and Riener, along with erudite punk rock goddess Patti Smith, go into stirring dialogue with Richter's mesmeric, larger than life works through spoken word, commentary, song, and of course, contemporary movement.

Mitchell and Riener dance to music once removed, in a sense. Richter created the collection of six paintings, called Cage 1-6, while listening to the music of John Cage. Dense layers of paint, applied via squeegee, often partially peeled away, are signature elements of the work.

That two former Cunningham dancers are featured is fitting. Not only did Cunningham often collaborate with visual artists, Cage was his most frequent musical collaborator as well as his lifelong romantic partner. Both Cage and Cunningham delved into experimental modes of expression.

The experimental dance, experimental music and abstract expressionist painting that emerged in the US in the late '60s into the '70s as these artists developed their particular styles were all in quiet yet firm rebellion against the art forms from which they were initially inspired. Here, they intriguingly and seamlessly come together against the stark white backdrop of Gagosian's towering gallery walls in New York City.

The work is at times joyous, at times melancholy, but always a wondrous coalescence of disparate modes of artistic expression.

The film was produced and directed by Darlina Goldak, Sarah Jones, Alison McDonald and Olivia Mull.

Latest Posts

Getty Images

Topical Pain Relievers Are the Next Item on Your Dancer Self-Care Supply List

With the stressors of the pandemic still lingering more than one year later, self-care is, rightfully, a priority for everyone right now. But dancers have always known the importance of keeping their bodies and minds as healthy as possible. After all, your body is your instrument, and as we make our long-awaited returns to the studio and stage, finding self-care strategies that work for you will be crucial to getting back up to speed—mentally and physically—with your rigorous performing and training schedule.

Dancers have a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to treating minor ailments like soreness, swelling and bruising. One that's quickly gaining popularity are topical pain relievers, which provide targeted, temporary relief of minor pain. These days, there's more than just your tried-and-true Tiger Balm on the shelves. From CBD lotions to warming gels and patches, finding the product that's right for you can be as difficult as finding the perfect Rockette-red shade of lipstick…but even more beneficial to your dance career.

Read on for our breakdown of some of the most common ingredients to look out for in the topical pain relief aisle.

May 2021