Monday, August 10, 2009



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DANCE MOViES 2009-2010  

In one work, three street kids in the streets of Rio seem to juggle air; in another, a dancer and an incandescent hoop rotate in a black void; and in another, multiple video screens installed side by side layer film samples and a dancer's gestures to create counterpoints of movement and image.

EMPAC announces the 5 recipients of the EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission 2009-2010. Chosen out of 69 project proposals by an international panel of dance-film practitioners, curators and producers, the projects range in format, style and emotional tone: from three-channel video installation to studio-based video shoots to urban interventions.

The projects will receive awards ranging from $10,000 to $23,000 and will premier in the fall of 2010 at EMPAC.

The DANCE MOViES Commission is a program launched by EMPAC to support the creation of new works in which dance meets the technologies of the moving image. As the first major commissioning program for dance film established in the US in 2007, it is having a significant national and international impact.

The first four DANCE MOViES Commissions were premiered at EMPAC's opening celebration in October 2008 and are currently touring to international festivals. The next four projects are in production and will premier this coming November.

EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission 2009-2010 Recipients
(in alphabetical order of titles)

Anatomy of Melancholy, Mexico, 10 minutes
Director: Nuria Fragoso
Two contrasting spaces – one light and open, the other constrained and dark – form the built environment for dancers moving against expectation. Visual metaphors about spaces and intentions.

HOOP, Canada, 4 minutes
Director: Marites Carino, Choreographer/Performer: Rebecca Halls, Composer: Anthony Tan, D.O.P.: Donald Robitaille 
A woman floats in a black void, swinging through shafts of light, keeping in perpetual motion an incandescent and familiar circular childhood toy. 

MO-SO, USA, 12 minutes - looping video installation
Director: Kasumi, Composer: Fang Man, Dancer: Chan U Hong
A three-channel video installation for film samples and dancer. Fragmentary and symbolically charged images serve as a basis for improvisation by the dancer. The footage of the dancer is then fed back into the polyphonic narrative, musical and choreographic structure. 

Q, USA, 12 minutes.
Director/Choreographer: Rajendra Serber 
In this exploration of urban isolation, three men trace their solitary paths through empty streets at night. When the strangers try to pass each other by, they become locked in anonymous antagonism. 

The closer one gets, the less one sees, Brazil, 12 minutes 
Videomaker: Valeria Valenzuela, Choreographer: Lilyen Vass, Production: Aura Films 
Intervention in the everyday lives of three jugglers/beggars, who get together at the traffic lights on a street crossing in the city of Rio de Janeiro, transforms the objective action of their juggling into the abstract vocabulary of contemporary dance.

The Commission is supported by EMPAC's Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and the Performing Arts. It is open to artists based in North and South America who are making video, film and installation work. 

For more information on DANCE MOViES Commission, as well as the list of shortlisted projects visit: 


Image from: "Looking Forward - Man and Woman" by Roberta Marques, DANCE MOViES Commission 2008-2009. 
Photo by: Delfina Rocha.



There is still plenty of summer ahead of us, but the next season of EMPAC programming is coming up fast - so why not get that calendar ready to mark up with days and nights that you will be spending with us at EMPAC? Keep your eyes glued on your inbox next week for the coming season's schedule, as we have cooked up a fantastic array of concerts, films, installations, performances, lectures, artist talks, and more.


EMPAC was voted "Best Acoustically-Perfect Performance Venue" in the annual "Best Of The Capital Region" Metroland! Here's what they had to say:

"A hive, a boat, a spaceship, an airplane hangar: People have compared RPI's new performance center to many things, but, in reality, the 220,000 square-foot, acoustically-superb facility, complete with two black-box theaters and the weirdest space-age technology you've ever seen or heard defies comparison. We're not authorized to offer 'Best on the Planet' awards, but we expect EMPAC ranks."

To see who else got print high fives around here, please visit:

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EMPAC 2009-2010 presentations, residencies and commissions are supported by grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding provided by the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation;) and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support for artist commissions.

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