Dance Faculty

Silas Riener

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Silas Riener grew up in Washington DC. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Comparative Literature and certificates in Creative Writing and Dance.  He has worked with Chantal Yzermans, Takehiro Ueyama, Christopher Williams, Jonah Bokaer, Rebecca Lazier's TERRAIN, and Tere O'Connor. Since 2010 he has collaborated with poet Anne Carson and choreographer Rashaun Mitchell, with whom he continues to develop new projects. In 2011 he choreographed a site-specific performance at the Storefront for Art and Architecture with the Harrison Atelier, and will premiere a new work in February 2012 at The Invisible Dog. He was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from November 2007 until its closure at the end of 2011. While performing with MCDC, Riener completed his MFA in Dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has taught workshops and techniques classes at Concord Academy SummerStages and throughout Turkey at several universities. He has taught on the faculty at NYU's Playwrights Horizons, Gallim Dance's Clinton Hill Arts Center, and Princeton University.

Merce Cunningham Dance Company at BAM: "Split Sides" (Silas Riener solo)


Baryshnikov Arts Center Announces 5 New Fellows” | The New York Times, Dec. 6, 2018

Relationships That Endure” | Princeton Alumni Weekly, June 5, 2019

Making Dance Out of Survival Skills and Reckoning With Grief” | The New York Times, April 27, 2022


Class of '06

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