Rashid Johnson: The Hikers

August 20-21
Schedule and ticketing information below

The Hikers, a dance work conceived of by Rashid Johnson and choreographer Claudia Schreier, will be presented at Storm King in a series of live evening performances. Performed in the light of late summer, the ballet will activate Johnson’s The Crisis (2019), the gridded, sixteen-foot-tall yellow steel sculpture which the artist sited within a field of native grasses, and will be accompanied by a live music performance by Marcus Miller on saxophone. Dancers for all performances are Leslie Andrea Willams of Martha Graham Dance Company and Brandon Gray of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

The Hikers follows the path of two solo hikers, both Black: first alone, and then upon seeing the other—an encounter that brings tension, but also relief and wonder. As Johnson has said, “The body is filled with adrenaline. How does the black body function in space when it’s being witnessed, versus when it’s not? It’s about how the body becomes accustomed to the conditions of stress and anxiety.”

Friday, August 20: 

5PM Performance
6PM Rashid Johnson and Claudia Schreier in Conversation with Nora Lawrence, Storm King Senior Curator
7PM Performance  

Saturday, August 21:
4:30PM Performance
6PM Performance
7:30PM Performance

Storm King will stay open late on both nights so that guests may enjoy the performances and grounds until 8PM. This public program is free with Storm King admission, advance tickets are required for all visitors.


There are two ticket options: arrival by car and arrival via our shuttle service from Beacon Metro-North station. Timed-entry tickets are required for all visitors and entry will not be permitted without an advance reservation.

This ticket includes on-site parking for one vehicle, admission to Storm King, and the public program. When choosing your preferred entry time, plan at least 20 minutes for arrival/ticketing processing and walking to the performance site. Ticketing is per vehicle, please reserve your ticket based on the number of people in your vehicle.

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This ticket package includes shuttle transportation from the Beacon Metro-North station, admission to Storm King, and the public program. The shuttle schedule is structured to allow time for arrival/ticket processing and walking to the performance site before the performance time. Metro-North train tickets must be purchased separately.

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About Rashid Johnson

Born in Chicago in 1977, Rashid Johnson is among an influential cadre of contemporary American artists whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history. After studying in the photography department of the Art Institute of Chicago, Johnson’s practice quickly expanded to embrace a wide range of media—including sculpture, painting, drawing, filmmaking, and installation—yielding a complex multidisciplinary practice that incorporates diverse materials rich with symbolism and personal history.

Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Rashid Johnson: The Hikers’, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY (2019), ‘Rashid Johnson. Anxious Audience’, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2019), ‘Rashid Johnson. Los Senderistas’, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (2019), ‘Rashid Johnson: The Hikers’, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (2019), ‘Rashid Johnson. It Never Entered My Mind’, Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz, Switzerland (2019), ‘Provocations. Rashid Johnson’, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2018), ‘Rashid Johnson. No More Water’, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland (2018), and ‘The Rainbow Sign’, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2018).

Johnson’s artwork is in the permanent collections of many public institutions, including: the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway; Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Johnson lives and works in New York City.

About Claudia Schreier

Claudia Schreier has choreographed, directed, and produced for dance, opera, and film across the U.S. and internationally. She is the Choreographer in Residence at Atlanta Ballet and has been commissioned by Miami City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Vail Dance Festival, Guggenheim Works & Process, Juilliard Opera, ABT Studio Company, New York Choreographic Institute, and New York Choral Society. She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Choreography, Dance/NYC Dance Advancement Fund Grant (Ford Foundation), Lotos Foundation Prize for Dance, and Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize, and she was the 2017 Virginia B. Toulmin Fellow for Women Choreographers at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU. Schreier served as choreographer and artistic co-director for Juilliard Opera’s New York premiere of Dido and Aeneas and international tour to Opera Holland Park in London and Opéra Royal de Versailles. She has contributed to programs at the White House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center, including the Kennedy Center Honors. Her work is the subject of two documentaries, most recently PBS’s Emmy Award-winning “Dancing on the Shoulders of Giants” (Capital Region). Schreier presented her TEDx talk, “Thinking On Your Feet,” at Columbia University in 2018. She has been featured by The New York TimesThe Washington PostBBC NewsNPRDance MagazinePointeMarie Claire, and ELLE. Prior to its debut at Storm King Art Center, Schreier’s live performance and film collaboration with Rashid Johnson, The Hikers, was presented at the Aspen Art Museum, Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, and Hauser & Wirth NY.

About Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller wants to spread curiousity, imagination, and beauty through his work in music, mathematics and other fields of interest.

He began studying saxophone at age nine and, with the help of world renown saxophonist Bruce Williams (Roy Hargrove, Juilliard, World Saxophone Quartet), developed a passion that put him on stage at 13. With gifts extending beyond music, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Mathematics. After a short stint at a major hedge fund he moved to New York City to pursue music. He soon developed a reputation as a versatile and virtuosic player, while studying music production and engineering under Grammy-Winning Engineer “Bassy” Bob Brockman (Notorious B.I.G, Herbie Hancock, D’Angelo).

Marcus has performed at the Obama White House, Madison Square Garden, The World Economic Forum at Davos, The Montreux Jazz Festival, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert alongside Jon Batiste, and Carnegie Hall. In addition, he has worked with musical giants ELEW and Jazzmeia Horn, and is a regular at Daybreaker NYC, touring with them on Oprah’s 2020 vision tour. He works as a teaching artist at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and was noted as an Artist of Distinction by the state of New Jersey.

Marcus maintains his interest in mathematics and physics by giving talks and performances that combine Math and Music. He has been featured at the Falling Walls 2020 Virtual Conference for Berlin Science Week, TEDSummit 2019, TEDxOttawa 2019, Brown University, University of Georgia, University of Michigan, and venues in Istanbul, Hong Kong. He has also held a 2 year residency at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City called Quadrivium: Math Plus Music. He hopes to encourage people to become more aware of the potential for mathematics and music to serve as routes to personal, spiritual, and community development.

About Brandon Gray

Brandon Gray began dancing at Duke Ellington school of the Arts where he graduated in 2014 . After that Gray did a year at Towson University under the tutelage of Linda Denise Fisher Harrell and many other great instructors . Gray moved to New York to begin training with Alvin Ailey.  In 2017 he was recruited by Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the guidance of the amazing Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden where he is currently a company member and a soloist.  Gray has also been blessed with many opportunities for modeling with the likes of Gap , MCM and Patrick Church NY. He can also be seen in Netflix’s Grammy nominated mini-series, “Halston; and has recently signed with the commercial talent agency, MSA.

About Leslie Andrea Williams 

Leslie Andrea Williamswas born in Newport News, VA and grew up in Raleigh, NC. Ms. Williams joined the Martha Graham Dance Company just two months after graduating from The Juilliard School in May 2015. Since then, she has traveled the world performing numerous Principal roles in iconic Martha Graham ballets. Ms. Williams has been featured in music videos for singer/songwriter Blood Orange, has danced/modeled in fashion shows for Desigual and Wiederhoeft, has been featured in campaigns for Dior and Capezio Dancewear, and dances in exhibitions for world-renowned artist Rashid Johnson.  She was recently featured in the New York Times “Best Dance of 2019” list.

Photo: Rashid Johnson, The Hikers (2019). Film shoot documentation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Van Wampler