Thursday, December 03, 2009

[HvEXAS] EMPAC Tonight! Chunky Move: GLOW | Thurs. 12/03 + Fri. 12/04 at 7 & 9 PM

Tickets still available!

Chunky Move/Gideon Obarzanek (Australia)
Thursday & Friday December 3 & 4, 7 & 9 PM
$15 / $10 / $5

Conceived as a "biotech fiction" by Australian choreographer Gideon
Obarzanek and interactive software creator Frieder Weiss, "Glow"
transforms a solo dancer into a mutant figure both sensual and
grotesque. As she slides and thrashes across a white floor, her form
generates a constantly shifting digital habitat of projected light.
Her smallest gestures are captured by an overhead tracking system,
while interactive video technology creates motion graphics that shift
in real time in response to her movement. The Sydney Morning Herald
called the piece "lasting in its eerie intrigue." The Age praised the
dancing as "flailing, joint-crunching action…a high-velocity missile,
with only occasional respite."


+ General Admission = $15.00
+ Rensselaer Faculty/Staff = $10.00
+ Seniors = $10.00
+ Student = $10.00
+ Rensselaer Student = $5.00

+ For tickets, directions, and other concerns, contact the EMPAC Box
Office at 518.276.3921 or visit the website at

Chunky Move bio:

Founded by Gideon Obarzanek in 1995, Chunky Move is a Melbourne-based
dance company that constantly seeks to redefine what contemporary
dance is, or what it can be. Its works include stage productions,
installations, site-specific works, and films. Chunky Move's multi-
tiered programming initiatives foster and support a strong and vibrant
dance culture in its home city while creating critically acclaimed and
popular larger productions for touring. Recent international
engagements include China, Poland, Japan, Germany, Netherlands,
Russia, Belgium, and Hungary. Obarzanek's film, Dance Like Your Old
Man, co-directed with Edwina Throsby, won best short documentary at
the 2007 Melbourne International Film Festival. In collaboration with
Lucy Guerin and Michael Kantor, he has also received a New York Bessie
award for Outstanding Choreography/Creation for Tense Dave. In 2008
Chunky Move won the Live Performance Australia Helpmann Award for Best
Dance Work for Glow and Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production for
Mortal Engine, a full-scale production that uses the same technology
as Glow.

Frieder Weiss bio:

Frieder Weiss is an engineer in the arts and an expert for realtime
computing and interactive computer systems in performance art. He is
the author of EyeCon and Kalypso, video motion sensing programs
especially designed for use with dance, music and computer art.

Weiss developed the video technologies and interactive stage
projections for Chunky Move's recent intermedia works Glow and Mortal
Engine. For his contribution on Glow he was rewarded with a Green Room
Award for Design in Dance.

Weiss teaches mediatechnology at the University of Applied Sciences in
Nürnberg, Germany, and the University Centre in Doncaster, UK. In
recent years he has collaborated in installation and performance
projects with Phase-7 in Berlin, Leine und Roebana in Amsterdam, Helga
Pogatschar, Cesc Gelabert in Munich, Chunky Move in Melbourne, Danish
Dance Theatre in Copenhagen. He maintains an ongoing collaboration
with Australian dancer Emily Fernandez, with whom he has created a
number of interactive performances and installations.

For Mortal Engine, the interactive floor projections were scaled up
for a larger stage and numerous dancers. The key principle remains a
tight, low latency interconnection with dancers' movements. The
graphical representations developed further into generative, particle
swarm-based visual worlds. Graphics are based on a video tracking of
performers' body outlines in realtime, finally culminating in a laser
projection of those outlines integrated into Robin Fox's laser


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