Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, Tesseract ◻, 2017 Production still from shooting of stereoscopic 3D dance film Tesseract produced by EMPAC, 2015. Photo: Mick Bello, Commissioned and produced by EMPAC/Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and co-commissioned by Triangle France.

The visually dynamic performance is a collaboration between video artist Charles Atlas and choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener—all three alumni of Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The evening opens with a transporting, 3-D dance film directed by Atlas, and, following an intermission, shifts to a live performance with six dancers carving out intricate, playful patterns behind a mammoth translucent scrim. Captured live by multiple cameras and manipulated by Atlas as the action unfolds, their movement is projected back onto this screen as floating, digital specters. Just as a tesseract is a cube projected into four-dimensional space, this mind-bending hybrid of dance and cinema expands the language of both mediums for today’s tech-driven world.


The 3-D film also features an aptly futuristic score by Austrian guitarist and composer Christian Fennesz, while the live performance is accompanied by a hybrid of electronics and voice created by Mas Ysa.


Tesseract has been presented at BAM, Brooklyn; EMPAC/Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; On the Boards, Seattle; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Venues for 2019 will be announced soon.


Tesseract (film) has been presented at Triangle France, Marseille. 


November 1 at 8pm

Mershon Auditorium

Wexner Center for the Arts

1871 North High Street

Columbus, Ohio 43210