Wednesday, March 30, 2011

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Nicole Beutler | 03/30 + 04/01, 7 + 9 PM


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2: Dialogue with Lucinda (left); 1: Songs (right) - photos by Anja Beutler
Nicole Beutler / nb
Thursday + Friday, March 31 + April 1, 7 + 9 PM
$15/10/5 for a single performance
Double feature tickets available for $20/15/10

Discover the dance and theater work of Amsterdam-based Nicole Beutler in two U.S. premieres. In one night, see two different shows!

2: Dialogue with Lucinda
7 PM

Fascinated by the radical and deceptively simple minimalism of American choreographer Lucinda Childs' early work, Nicole Beutler has remade two of her silent dance pieces, Radial Courses (1976) and Interior Drama (1977), setting the latter to specially composed music.

The underlying choreographic scores used by the dancers are fiendishly complex. Radial Courses is based on three movement sequences in a constantly shifting, circulatory composition. In Interior Drama, five dancers conform to an apparently perfect system, moving in repetitive and hallucinatory patterns. Beutler's reinterpretations focus on the individual dancer's roles and actions within the group patterns, revealing parallel realities and the ritualistic qualities of both dances.

1: Songs
9 PM

A rock song-cycle solo performance that crosses rough terrain. Performer Sanja Mitrovic channels the final words of tragic female protagonists from the history of theater—allowing their timeless cries of suffering to enter her body and distinctly contemporary voice. As she shouts, speaks, and sings, she violently shifts between characters, at times fragile, raw, calculating, or emotional. 1: Songs asks us to reconsider the words of these classic literary figures in the here and now. Who is speaking? Where does the character end and the performer begin?

Dinner, beer, and wine is available for purchase at Evelyn's Café from 6–9 PM. The café is open for drinks and snacks after 9 PM.

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Martin Kemp: Splashing Around in Art and Science from the Renaissance to Now
Observer Effects: Conversations in Art & Science 

Wednesday, April 6, 6 PM 

Martin Kemp, Leonardo da Vinci scholar and professor emeritus at Oxford University, will discuss deep structures that permeate the arts and sciences from the Renaissance to the present day.

A limited number of complimentary light dinners will be served at 6 PM to enjoy as part of the talk. Beer, wine, and refreshments will also be available as part of our paid cafe service.

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Cinematic Chimera: The Red Shoes
Thursday, April 7, 7:30 PM

Based on a fairy tale about a young girl caught in an endless dance by a pair of magical shoes, the groundbreaking classic film follows a ballerina's struggle with dueling allegiances to love and career.

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Christian Graupner: MindBox
Thursday, March 3 – Saturday, April 2
Video Gallery

Last week! Don't miss your chance to catch this installation.

Using a modified one-armed bandit slot machine, the viewer plays this dance video sculpture like an instrument, controlling and remixing the grooves of its beatboxing man.

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Graham Parker: The Confidence Man
Monday, March 21 – Saturday, April 30

Parker's new film and audio work, made while in residence at EMPAC, explores manifestations of deception including hacked ATM machines, rogue WIFI networks, monologues drawn from spam emails, and a tribute to the 1973 film The Sting.

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+ Both exhibitions are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 PM.


The DANCE MOViES Commission 2011-2012 proposal submission deadline is coming up fast! April 18 will be here before you know it, so submit your proposal on the DMC website soon.

Join us again this week for another Eat Local Thursdays at EMPAC! Enjoy locally-sourced lunch from 11 AM to 2 PM in Evelyn's Café, and wander up to check out the ongoing exhibitions. The day's menu will be available Thursday morning via EMPAC's Twitter feed: @EMPACnews.

Harry Cobb: The Skyscraper as Citizen
Tues. 04/05, 6 PM
Presented by Architecture Rensselaer

PolyChoral Concert
Wed. 04/06, 7 PM
Concert Hall
Presented by the Rensselaer Arts Department


EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from 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 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

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