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Turn inward with these images from Silas Riener’s Blue Name

The performer and choreographer creates a solo performance piece about intimacy out of a series of microdances

By Helen Shaw
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Of the many Merce Cunningham dancers who have found their post-Cunningham feet, Silas Riener has proven one of the most inventive. Sometimes with his partner Rashaun Mitchell, other times alone, he has been pushing across disciplines—one project was made in collaboration with poet-critic Claudia LaRocco, another staged Anne Carson’s elegiac Nox. This time, Riener spent 18 months making small pieces, investigations that then led to something unapologetically dancerly. Here, in one of the best dance shows this month, you can see how he transforms the tiny Chocolate Factory space into a compact Garden of Earthly Delights.

Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

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Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

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Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

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Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

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Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

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Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

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Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

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Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

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Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

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Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

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Silas Riener

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The ex-Cunningham dancer-choreographer Silas Riener presents Blue Name, a solo show about intimacy and communication in small places.

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