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13 Sep 2010

Filament - October 1-3, 2010 - EMPAC, Troy, NY



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Jason Steven Murphy

Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY, USA 12180

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October 1-3, 2010

A festival of new work in performance, visual arts, sound, and media.

With over 15 premieres spanning theater, 24-channel sound, contemporary dance, video, and a barn-raising; exchanges with artists, curators, and creative engineers; and a dynamic archive of the artistic process, this three day festival highlights EMPAC's focus on creation via commissions and residencies.

Performances and installations include:

BalletLab (Australia)
Yanira Castro (NYC)
Early Morning Opera (Los Angeles)
Volkmar Klien (Austria)
Michael J. Schumacher (NYC)
Hans Tutschku (Cambridge, MA)
DANCE MOViES Commission 2009-2010 Premieres

Filament also unveils Live Shorts: three programs of performances from across the spectrum of dance, theater, music, and the visual arts, commissioned specifically for this festival. Working within the same constraints, artists will present varied and vigorous short works.

Live Shorts artists include:

Paul Abacus • Wally Cardona • SUE-C & Laetitia Sonami • Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford, & Geoff Sobelle • Jen DeNike • MTAA • Miro Dance Theater • National Theater of the United States of America • Trouble

On Sunday, there is a dedication and performance of the late composer Maryanne Amacher's unfinished final work developed in residence, The Star Room.

Over the three days, in addition to all the performances and installations, the building will be busy with conversation and free events: talks with artists, curators, and staff, receptions in Evelyn's Café, a Saturday night party, and more.

The full schedule of events can be found on the Filament website:


Founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC offers artists, scholars, researchers, engineers, designers, and audiences opportunities for creative exploration that are available nowhere else under a single roof. EMPAC operates nationally and internationally, attracting creative individuals from around the world and sending new artworks and innovative ideas onto the global stage.

EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.