Dance MOViES Commission 2008

An international panel met in May 2007 to select the four winning projects for the DANCE MOViES Commission. With awards ranging from $7,000 to $42,000, these works represent the first commissions given out through this new program. They will be premiered in the fall of 2008 at EMPAC's opening.

Stats: 163 applications were submitted – 82% from the US, 10% from Canada, 4% from Argentina, with artists also applying from Uruguay, Paraguay, France and the UK.




Joby Emmons

Kino-Eye directed by Joby Emmons and Elena Demyanenko (USA) — A work combining the aesthetic of video surveillance in post-Soviet Russia and the filmed movements of a contemporary Russian dancer. (8 minutes)


Alla Kovgan
David Hinton

Nora directed by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, choreographed by Nora Chipaumire, soundscore by Thomas Mapfumo, produced by Joan Frosch (USA/Zimbabwe/Mozambique/UK) in association with Portland Green Cultural Projects, and Center for World Arts, University of Florida— a dense and swiftly moving poem of sound and image that tells the story of a dancer growing up in Zimbabwe (35 minutes)

PH Propiedad Horizontal

David Farias
Carla Schillagi
Maria Vallejos

PH Propiedad Horizontal created by David Farias, Carla Schillagi and Maria Fernanda Vallejos (Argentina) — a group of dancers use a narrow passageway, typical for Argentinean urban housing, to create an elegant, abstract, and lively piece of pure movement and form. (5-7 minutes)


Margaret Williams

Veterans directed/choreographed by Victoria Marks, directed/edited by Margaret Williams (USA/UK)—five young veterans return to their civilian lives attempting to make peace with their military service. Performed and co-created by vets from the West Los Angeles VA combat rehab/ PTSD clinic. (18 minutes)