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EMPAC Announces  Winners of DANCE MOViES Commissions
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 Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, has announced the five 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 a three-channel video installation to studio-based video shoots to urban interventions.

The projects will receive awards ranging from $10,000 to $23,000. The commissions will be premiered 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 U.S. 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 October.

For a full list of the recipients and brief descriptions of their projects, go to http://empac.rpi.edu/commissions/DMC/.
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