Dance by the River

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener. Photo by Alex Beck.

Year: 2022-2023
DanceForce Member: Elena Mosley
Artists: Jonah Bokaer; Claire Deane; Kyle Marshall; Rashaun Mitchell; Zorkie Nelson; Silas Riener
Community Partners: Adam Weinert; City of Hudson; Sam Merritt; The Garage Dance Co-op, Hudson
Audience: 710
County: Columbia

The summer of 2022 brings forth “Dance by the River” in Hudson, NY. Three free dance concerts will occur at the Hudson Riverfront Park, on July 13, 27 and August 17, 2022. Artists presented are Rashuan Mitchell and Silas Riener, Kyle Marshall Dance, and A-Y/dancers. The fourth concert occurring at The Garage in Chatham, NY is part of the “Dance by the River Extension” in collaboration with The Garage on the evening of September 10, 2022. This double-bill dance concert with have two sections. The first section is inspired by John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Robert Rauschenberg. The music composed by Jeffrey Lependorf will be performed by the NewBorn Trio and feature Jonah Bokaer Choreography. The second section will feature Ghanaian and jazz percussionists Zorkie Nelson of Ghana and community dancers.

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener are dance artists based in Margaretville, NY. Their ongoing work involves the building of collaborative worlds through improvisational techniques, digital technologies, and material construction. Together they have been artists-in-residence at LMCC, Mt Tremper, pieter, Jacob’s Pillow, New York City Center, The Watermill Center, MANCC, Headlands Center for the Arts, BOFFO, New York City Center, The Center for Ballet and the Arts, and Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Kyle Marshall is a choreographer, performer, and artistic director of Kyle Marshall Choreography, a dance company that sees the dancing body as a container of history, an igniter of social reform and a site of celebration. KMC has performed at venues including BAM Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Actors Fund Arts Center, NJPAC, NBPAC, Little Island, Philadelphia’s FringeArts Festival, the New World Center, and Roulette.

A-Y/dancers is a repertory dance company based in the Hudson Valley presenting professional modern and contemporary dance. Directed by Claire Deane, they create dance programs that span the history of concert dance and provide audiences with experiences of classical modern dance, acclaimed contemporary dance, and groundbreaking emerging choreography. A-Y/dancers will begin reconstructing Jose Limon’s masterwork “Dances For Isadora” for their next season of performances including “Dance by the River”.

Zorkie Nelson is a master percussionist from Ga tribal people of Accra in Ghana, West. Nelson is a founding member of the Pan African Orchestra which toured the US, Canada, France, and the UK for ten years. Zorkie is the artistic director of West African Drummers and Dancers. He is a member of Yacup Addy’s “Oddada!” and has toured with Wynton Marsalis performing “Congo Square” which drew historical connections between African traditions and modern-day jazz/soul music. Zorkie will present three public dance workshops in August resulting in a community performance at The Garage/Dance by the River Extension.

Community partners are City of Hudson, and new partners Adam Weinert and Sam Merritt. Elena Mosley is a member of the NYS DanceForce, and a dance advocate. For information on Dance by the River” go to www.operationuniteny.org. For information on collective dance projects across NYS, go to www.danceforce.org. All performances are free to the public.