Dear friends, colleagues and artists,
I am pleased to share with you the news on the most recent recipients
of EMPAC's commissioning program for dance on screen works!
This is the third group of works in our DANCE MOViES Commission: the
first four works are currently touring, the next four works will
premier at EMPAC in November 2009, and now these new FIVE works are
slated for premieres in the fall of 2010!
Hélène Lesterlin (Curator, Dance, EMPAC)
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THE EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF
THE DANCE MOViES COMMISSIONS 2009-2010
Troy, NY—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 – the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 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 premiere 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, making the creation of new works possible. 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 premiere
this coming November.
EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission 2009-2010 Recipients
(in alphabetical order of titles, with a brief description of the
projects and panelists’ comments)
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.
“A collaborative group of young Mexican artists presents a very clear
and concrete proposal, with an extremely strong aesthetic sense
centered upon the body in space.”
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
“A compact, visually dynamic, playful, movement portrait, chosen for
the clarity of its intent and the crispness of its imagery.”
(This project was also awarded the BravoFACT! commission in Canada)
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.
“This three-channel video expands the definition of a dance screen
project. The panel appreciated the way it captures a sense of the
movement chaos that surrounds us in contemporary culture.”
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.
“A movement-based study, Q grows from improvisation and choreography
in real time, drawing on the choreography of editing.”
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.
“Working with young street jugglers in Rio and transforming their
utilitarian movement into contemporary dance, this team provides a
transparent proposal, a track record with documentary style
filmmaking, and an intriguing concept.”
The selection panel comprised Magne Antonsen (Norway), Kelly Hargraves
(USA), Nayse Lopez (Brazil), Elizabeth Zimmer (USA), and Hélène
Lesterlin, Curator for Dance at EMPAC. Bios of the panelist available
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.
Statistics for DMC 2009-2010
Selected from 69 applications, of which 28 were short-listed, the 5
funded projects represent the third round of awards given out through
the EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission. In this year’s pool, 51 of initial
proposals came from the US, 7 from Canada, 4 from Argentina, 3 from
Brazil, and 2 from Mexico.
For more information on DANCE MOViES Commission, as well as the list
of shortlisted projects visit: http://empac.rpi.edu/commissions/DMC/