Inside Rensselaer
Volume 7, No. 13, September 13, 2013

Colin Gee

This spring, Lecoq-trained actor, principal clown for Cirque du Soleil, and contemporary artist Colin Gee presented In the First Place…, a multilayered dance film installation. The film was part of the 2011 DANCE MOViES Commission.

Latest Dance Movies Commissions Announced

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) has announced the three recipients of this year’s EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission.

Chosen out of 69 proposals, the projects range widely in format, style, and intent: from a multichannel video installation to exploration of movement and music in flight. Each project reinforces the quality and inventiveness that has typified previous DANCE MOViES Commission recipients, while continuing to push the definition of what dance on screen can be. All projects will be developed and produced at EMPAC, taking advantage of full production support while in residence.

In one project, contemporary artist Seline Baumgartner collaborates with professional dancers over the age of 62, exploring how contemporary dance forms indulges in the eternal cult of youth. In another, video artist Marianne Kim creates a non-narrative investigation of “fugue state,” referring to flight, wandering, forgetting, reinventing, and remembering. And filmmaker and artist Orit Ben-Shitrit explores the psychological struggle that immigration poses for individuals.

The newly commissioned projects will receive awards ranging from $20,000 to $30,000. They will be created over the course of one year by the three collaborative teams that are based in the United States, and will premiere at EMPAC during the 2014-15 season.

EMPAC’s DANCE MOViES Commission, established in 2007, supports the creation of new works in which dance meets the technologies of the moving image. As the first major commissioning program for dance film in the U.S., it has had a significant national and international impact, with the creation of 20 new commissioned works to date, many of which are winning awards and touring extensively.

The commission is supported by 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.

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