Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 1, January 20, 2012

EMPAC Presents:



Vertigo Vertigo
January 26

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) will present a rare screening of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo, where the present is inextricably entangled with memories of the past.
Based on Boileau-Narcejac's 1954 novel The Living and the Dead, Vertigo tells the story of a retired San Francisco detective with a crippling fear of heights who tracks the activities of a woman possessed by a spirit from another time.

The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. in the EMPAC Theater. Tickets are $6.

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Rodrigo Pardo & Bárbara Foulkes:
Tethered: Vertical Performance
February 4

A solo performer is suspended against a wall. Using this as a departure point, two teams of artists go in radically different directions with new performance works developed in residence at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). This showing gives a view of each as they navigate vertical space: one performance tells the tale of a man who slowly realizes he is living upside down, while the other is a vertiginous dance that plays with perspective, time, and gravity.
Rodrigo Pardo’s FLAT combines storytelling, video projections, and aerial performance. Inspired by the magical realism of Jorge Luis Borges, FLAT immerses both the performer and the audience in an intimate
situation, shifting our perspective on what constitutes our reality.

Bárbara Foulkes’ FLOTA is a study in falling and floating—a dance performance that takes place in the center of a room on freestanding walls built to form a corner, which is transformed on multiple surfaces by live video projections of the dancer suspended. The audience chooses where to look just as they choose where to roam within the space.

The work-in-progress performance starts at 7 p.m. in Studio 1—Goodman and the Theater. Admission is free.

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Vertical Performances
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Volume 6, Number 1, January 20, 2012
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