We are releasing new guidelines for the second annual DANCE MOViES
Commission. Deadline Feb 15, 2008!
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> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> October 8, 2007
> -- Hélène Lesterlin (Dance Curator, EMPAC)
> 518.276.3918 / [log in to unmask] (do not publish)
> -- John Rodat (Senior Communications Specialist, EMPAC)
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> -- general event inquiries: 518.276.3921 (please publish)
> EMPAC DANCE MOVIES COMMSSION 2008: OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS
> Troy, NY—In 2007, its inaugural year, EMPAC’s DANCE MOViES
> Commission received more than 150 applications from dance-
> filmmakers in North and South America. As the first major
> commissioning program available to dance-film artists in the United
> States, the DANCE MOViES Commission represents an important
> opportunity for those working at the intersection of the moving
> body and the moving image. Selected artists receive awards ranging
> up to $50,000.
> EMPAC (the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center of
> Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) is now accepting proposals for
> its 2008 commissions. The deadline for the proposals is February
> 15, 2008.
> This year, with the opening of the EMPAC building in the fall of
> 2008, artists may apply to create their DANCE MOViES works in
> conjunction with the Artist-in-Residence program. Works
> commissioned may take advantage of EMPAC’s spaces and technology,
> using infrastructure such as computer-controlled rigging or large-
> scale immersive studio environments.
> Backed by the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing
> Arts, the DANCE MOViES Commission supports works for the screen
> including film, video, installation and other audio-visual formats.
> The works may be narrative in nature or abstract; they may range in
> length (up to 20 minutes); they will certainly vary in style,
> technique and expressive intent.
> The four commissioned projects in 2007 included a poetic film based
> on the autobiographical account of an U.S.-based African
> choreographer returning to dance in Zimbabwe; a work featuring
> American veterans of war; an Argentinean video interlacing pure
> movement, form and architecture; and a piece in which a
> contemporary Russian dancer is viewed in the aesthetic context of a
> post-Soviet surveillance society.
> The DANCE MOViES Commissions may present movement of the body in
> direct or in allusive ways. They may take advantage of a variety of
> tools, such as computer processing, motion capture, simulation,
> animation, image processing and post-production technologies. Some
> may not portray “dance,” per se, at all. All will, however, reflect
> or refer to the power of movement unfurling in time.
> The DANCE MOViES Commission is intended to support experimental
> works in which the onscreen images are crafted by, or in
> collaboration with, a choreographer or movement-based artist. The
> commission was not created to support documentaries, feature-length
> films or commercial films that feature dance.
> DANCE MOViES Commission application process
> The EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission is a competitive open proposal
> process, in which eligible artists submit a project proposal. The
> initial proposals are reviewed and a small number of artists are
> invited to submit a detailed proposal to an international panel.
> The panel assesses the quality and feasibility of the proposed
> project and submits its recommendations to EMPAC. The commissions
> are awarded by EMPAC after review.
> Upon awarding of the commission, the artist or collaborative team
> has one year to complete the project, at which point the work is
> premiered at EMPAC, shown at dance film festivals around the world,
> and credited as an EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission.
> The deadline for the proposals is February 15, 2008.
> For more information on EMPAC and the DANCE MOViES Commission, or
> to download the guidelines and application form, please visit the
> EMPAC website:
> To download press ready images of EMPAC and a press kit: http://
> About EMPAC
> EMPAC – the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center – is a
> place and a program where the arts challenge and alter our
> technology and technology challenges and alters the arts. Founded
> by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC is an arts institution
> that draws strength from being part of a great research university.
> It operates nationally and internationally: attracting innovative
> artists, both renowned and emerging, from around the world;
> offering artists, researchers, and audiences opportunities that are
> available nowhere else under a single roof; providing unsurpassed
> facilities for creative exploration, and for research in fields
> such as visualization and movement capture; sending new artworks
> onto the global stage.
> About Rensselaer
> Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation's
> oldest technological university. The school offers degrees in
> engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture,
> management, and the humanities and social sciences. Institute
> programs serve undergraduates, graduate students, and working
> professionals around the world. Rensselaer faculty are known for
> pre-eminence in research conducted in a wide range of research
> centers that are characterized by strong industry partnerships. The
> Institute is especially well known for its success in the transfer
> of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new
> discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the
> environment, and strengthen economic development.