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Quantum Leap

Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, Desire Lines, 2016–. Performance view, Madison Square Park, New York, July 1, 2018. Eleanor Hullihan and David Rafael Botana. Photo: Paula Lobo.

THE MEMORIES are vivid, imagistic: Rashaun Mitchell awkwardly shedding his gold sneakers as he run-hops on a diagonal and retreats to his phone to play a fragment of a luscious Sylvester song. Eleanor Hullihan lying spread-eagled on a pile of chairs, her body’s delicate adjustments incongruent with the clacking, unruly scrum beneath her. Cori Kresge singing Joanna Newsom’s “On a Good Day” in her clear, soft voice, and now balancing on one arched foot, smiling at me, as her limbs angle out into space. Mina Nishimura being wheeled around by the other dancers on a makeshift pedestal, her statue-like body extravagantly draped in clothing and detritus. Silas Riener throwing a thick coil of rope to the rafters again and again, using it to hoist a large utility ladder aloft as the culmination of a furiously built, beautifully tenuous sculpture.

I’ve spent almost one hundred hours observing

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