An inventive exploration of the relationship between the human form and technology, presented in two distinct acts.
To open the show, an astonishing 3D film with vividly contrasting chapters in which movement and setting fuse seamlessly. Space is transformed in imagined and hybrid worlds through manipulating the size and shape of the dancers’ bodies and the audience’s proximity to them.
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.
Tesseract is an ambitious work by choreographic duo Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener (former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers), together with pioneering video artist Charles Atlas (who was a long term collaborator of Merce Cunningham). Inspired by science fiction and time travel, and experimental in form and technique, it is rich in psychedelic, potent, disorientating and hypnotic images.
A striking event. Its concept is unique, and the fusion of three-dimensional film and live performance commendable. However, towards the end, the piece begins to lose its charm
Pretentious combination of poorly-executed film and bloodless, abstract dance
Strap in for the shapeshifting worlds of Charles Atlas
Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener have created a beautiful, abstract, occasionally astonishing work that asks us questions about how we navigate through the spaces that technology creates and destroys with a (literally) inhuman disregard