Fall 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017
September 2 – December 2, 2017

This fall, we’ll be offering a series of EMPAC building tours led by different members of the EMPAC team to highlight the diverse and specialized functions of the space.

Each tour will run on the first Saturday of the month. Admission is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Visitors should meet at the EMPAC box office on the 7th floor at 2PM.

UPDATE: September 6, 2017

Due to overwhelming popularity, we are requiring registration for the remaining tours this fall. Space is limited, so register early to not miss out.

Director’s Tour with Johannes Goebel

Before Johannes Goebel became the director of EMPAC, he worked extensively with the architects and engineers to design and build virtually every feature of the space. On this tour, Goebel will take visitors through the EMPAC building with an eye and ear to the specific “human-scale” functions he strove to achieve in taking the project from a lofty vision to one of the world’s most advanced media centers.

Audio Technology Tour with Lead Engineer Todd Vos

From the specialized sound-diffusive panels in Studio 1, to the frequency-calibrated Nomex ceiling fabric in the Concert Hall, and into the miles of fiber optic cable that connect each of EMPAC’s performance spaces to its recording studios, lead audio engineer Todd Vos will take audiophiles on a deep-dive into EMPAC’s acoustic design and capabilities.

Stage Technologies Tour with Geoff Abbas

Each of EMPAC’s performance spaces were designed as a blank canvas, endlessly customizable according to the needs of EMPAC’s diverse productions. Join director of stage technologies, Geoff Abbas, for a behind-the-scenes tour of all the nuts and bolts that make the space work, including the robotic rigging system and 80-foot Theater fly tower.

Curatorial Tour with Victoria Brooks, Ashley Ferro-Murray, and Argeo Ascani

If the EMPAC building is the center’s hardware, the curatorial team is its software operating system. This tour will approach the building from the programmatic perspective of how the space can be optimized to create boundary-pushing work in the fields of dance, theater, music, and time-based visual arts.

Director’s Tour
Multiple Venues
September 2, 2017, 2PM
Audio Technology Tour
Multiple Venues
October 7, 2017, 2PM
Stage Technologies Tour
Multiple Venues
November 4, 2017, 2PM
Curatorial Tour
Multiple Venues
December 2, 2017, 2PM

EMPAC 2016–17 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.

National Endowment for the Arts