Mary Armentrout Dance Theater
Listening Creates an Opening: Work-in-Progress
Mary Armentrout Dance Theater is in residence developing a new EMPAC commission, Listening Creates an Opening, to premiere in fall 2018.
This work-in-progress showing will include a performance of choreography as well as footage from a year-long video time lapse taken onsite at EMPAC. The central focus of this new work is how our relationship to technology changes when we are conscious of our physical movements with and around it. Leading the audience between different performance sites, Listening Creates an Opening will also explore what types of histories and contexts reveal themselves from this consciously embodied perspective.
This work-in-progress showing will take the audience from a turn-of-the-century Rensselaer classroom to the contemporary EMPAC building, while the final piece will extend this journey to various performance sites on Rensselaer’s campus and in downtown Troy.
Mary Armentrout is a San Francisco-based choreographer and performance artist, and director of Mary Armentrout Dance Theater. She is the winner of an Isadora Duncan Dance Award, one of the most prestigious honors for Bay Area choreographers. She has long collaborated on her site-specific and staged works with Ian Winters and Evelyn Ficarra. Winters develops visual and acoustic media environments for stage. Together, Armentrout and Winters run their studio The Milkbar in Richmond, CA. Ficarra is lecturer in the music department at the University of Sussex, where she is also the Assistant Director of the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theater.