Be Here Now: Dance Movies Featuring Mucca Pazza @ EMPAC at RPI, 11/5/11

October 31st, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

It’s probably no mere coincidence that Mucca Pazza hails from the same town that brought us the magnificent Art Ensemble of Chicago. With the same passion that most marching bands have for precision, Mucca Pazza seems to embrace musical mayhem.

Blowing in from the Windy City, the rag-tag, punk-marching band will be making its Nippertown debut on Saturday night at EMPAC’s Theater at RPI in Troy, performing live amid the Dance Movies program, which showcases the world premieres of four films about dance that have been commissioned by EMPAC.

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One of the pieces, “A Circus of One,” is a 15-minute looping video installation by director Alison Crocetta that will be open to the public from 12noon-10pm on Saturday in EMPAC’s Studio 1 for free.

The other three short films will be screened at 7pm on Saturday – and yes, one of them, Danièle Wilmouth’s “Fanfare for Marching Band,” will feature a live performance by Mucca Pazza.

The other films are the 20-minute “Fauna” by Chilean director Paulo Fernandez and “Spring Cleaning,” a 10-minute short by Pooh Kaye, featuring animation.

Admission for the screenings and brief performance in EMPAC’s Theater is $6.

Following the screenings/performance, Mucca Pazza will lead a procession from EMPAC’s Theater to Studio 2 where many of the films’ creators will be on-hand to talk to the audience about their work.

Fauna (Image by Paulo Fernández)

Fauna (Image by Paulo Fernández)

Circus of One (Still from 16mm film, image: Alison Crocetta)

Circus of One (Still from 16mm film, image: Alison Crocetta)

Spring Cleaning (photo by Pooh Kaye)

Spring Cleaning (photo by Pooh Kaye)