Screening and Artist Talk
An evening of films and discussion with New York media-dance pioneer Charles Atlas. Atlas is in residence at EMPAC to produce a newly commissioned theatrical production that will be premiered in EMPAC’s theater in fall 2015. Intertwining dance, live and pre-recorded 3D video, the performance will be choreographed in collaboration with Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener.
Atlas has created numerous works for stage, screen, museum, and television, consistently pioneering the synthesis of technology and performance. A key figure in the development of “media-dance,” in which performance is created directly for the camera, Atlas was videographer-in-residence with Merce Cunningham Dance Company for a decade, and continues to collaborate extensively with choreographers, dancers, and performers, including Michael Clark, Yvonne Rainer, Diamanda Galas, and Mika Tajima/New Humans, among many others.
Charles Atlas was born in St. Louis, MO, in 1949, and has lived and worked in New York City since the early 1970s. His work has been exhibited internationally in such institutions as Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include the New Museum, New York; the De Hallen, Haarlem; and Bloomberg SPACE, London; The Contemporary Austin; and the Gwangju Biennial.