Friday, October 07, 2011

[HvEXAS] MoHu festival | October 8-16


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MoHu Fest 2011

The inaugural MoHu festival
Sat. October 8—Sun. October 16

MoHu is the largest arts festival in the Capital Region's history. It's a celebration of the quality, vitality, and diversity of the culture throughout Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties; the area that surrounds the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers. Nearly 150 regional arts and cultural organizations have coordinated the several hundred events that comprise MoHu. From live theater, dance, and music performances to visual arts exhibitions, gallery openings, lectures, and random acts of art, the festival offers attendees a wide array of experiences and unique collaborations to choose from.

Why Should You MoHu?

Arts and culture activities are economic drivers and are critical to the quality of life in our communities, and are high on the list for potential businesses and others who may be contemplating relocation to our region. It's important that we remind remind our government, public, and corporate partners how much we rely on and value the arts. These nine days of MoHu will bring expanded awareness of the arts to those within and new audiences into our region. Please join us in celebrating the arts.

Find Your MoHu

Visit for complete festival details. Some events are ticketed, but many are free of charge and open to the public. There are events for just about any taste and interest, and many are family and kid friendly. You will also find a number of unique collaborations and cooperative events that cross county and organizational borders -- made possible through and created exclusively for the festival. Please come out and participate by attending as many events as you can. It is our hope that in addition to the events you would typically attend, you will venture out to new venues and cross county lines to experience more of the cultural riches that our region has to offer.

Check In And Be Counted

It is our goal to attract and count fifty thousand (50,000) participants in MoHu events this year. We can't do that alone. Please invite your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to attend the festival. If you participate in social media, be sure to "like" MoHufest. Make your presence known at events by checking in on Facebook and Foursquare. Use the #MoHu hashtag when you tweet about your relevant plans and experiences. Pick up a sticker at your first event and display it proudly.

On behalf of the organizers of MoHu, everyone at EMPAC, and our MoHu sponsors, we would like to thank you for your support of the arts in our region. See you there!

MoHu is made possible, in part, through the generous support of Albany Broadcasting,, The Gazette Newspapers, Lang Media, Metroland Magazine,, Smith & Jones Advertising & Brand Strategy, The Times Union, WMHT Broadcasting, and Zone 5 Marketing Communications.

At EMPAC for MoHu

Shantala Shivalingappa - photo by C.P. Satyajit

Shantala Shivalingappa: Namasya and Swayambhu

Saturday, October 15, 8 PM

Acclaimed for her exquisite performances across India and Europe, Shantala Shivalingappa offers a dynamic double program of contemporary solos and Kuchipudi, a 2,000-year-old traditional Indian dance style that fuses dance, music, and theater.

photo by Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos
photo by Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos

Michael Century: Extraordinary Freedom Machines
Tuesday, October 11, 12 PM

In the second installment of this three-part lecture series, Rensselaer professor Michael Century presents a fresh reading of today's experimental media art scene by surveying key works, personalities and movements of the past century and laying out a framework for forecasting its future.

Evelyn's Café will be open from 11:30 AM to 2 PM for Eat Local Lunch.

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot: untitled (series #3) - photo by Kris Qua
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot: untitled (series #3) - photo by Kris Qua

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot: untitled (series #3) + index (v.4)
Monday - Saturday, 12-6PM

Glasses and bowls touch as they float through pools of water. The fragile sounds of this chance music combine with music created from the building's network activity that plays on two computer-controlled pianos.


EMPAC 2011-2012 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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