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Commission Supports Creation of Dance Movies

Four dance film projects, out of a total of 163 submitted proposals, were chosen by an international panel in the inaugural round of the EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission.

Launched in November by Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), the EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission supports the creation of new works in the field of experimental dance for the screen.

The first group of winners received awards to create single-channel video works ranging from $7,000 to $42,000. Winning proposals included a poetic film based on the biography of an African choreographer living in the U.S., who returns to dance her story in Zimbabwe; a project from Argentina in which a group of dance improvisers use a narrow hallway to create an elegant, abstract, and lively piece of pure movement and form; a dance film featuring U.S. veterans who have recently returned from Iraq; and a work combining the aesthetic of video surveillance in post-Soviet Russia and the filmed movements of a contemporary Russian dancer

Each of these video projects will premiere during the opening weekend of EMPAC in October 2008.

As the first major commissioning program for dance film established in the United States, the EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission is already having a significant national and international impact, making the creation of new works possible, and inspiring artists in the field to form new collaborations, according to EMPAC Dance Curator Hélène Lesterlin.

Supported by the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, the EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission is open to artists in North and South America and will fund several projects per year through a competitive open proposal process.

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