The Winners of the EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission…


From nearly 100 applications from all over the world – the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil – the three recipients of the 2011-2012 EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commissions have been announced:

Animated Dance Film
Choreographer/Director/Set Designer: Sarah Michelson, Composer: Pete Drungle, Animator: Joanna Quinn
Michelson continues her willful collision of the elements of choreography and visual art, as she shifts her vision to animation in this new work developed with filmmaker Quinn. Presented in a built set environment, this hand-drawn dance cartoon created from an original live dance amplifies ideas of artifice in theater.

In the first place…
Created and performed by Colin Gee, Composer: Erin Gee
Gee’s work hovers at the intersection of architecture, film and performance, finding its expression through a restrained physical presence. Comprised of 10 short films shot in Rome, this new work reframes the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, an Italian pastoral romance published in 1499, as a series of 10 decisive moments in which the protagonist uses landmarks to reorient himself while pursuing his beloved.

Director: Cayetana Vidal, Choreographer/Dancer: Sofia Mazza, Dancer: Diego Poblete
Director Vidal and choreographer Mazza come together once again to create a single-channel installation that explores the film technique of overlay as a narrative device. In an illusory world, two lovers living parallel lives, day for one and night for the other, with seasons inverted, only meet in the artful interlocking of image and sound.

The newly commissioned projects will receive awards ranging from $14,000 to $40,000. They will be created over the course of one year by two collaborative teams in the US and one in Argentina, and they will premiere at EMPAC at RPI in Troy in the fall of 2012 as part of the Filament festival.

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. Established in 2007, it is the first major commissioning program for dance film in the United States. It has already had a significant national and international impact, with the creation of 17 new works to date, many of which are winning awards and touring extensively. The four projects that are currently in post-production will premiere on November 5, 2011.

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