Ephraim Asili's EMPAC-Commissioned film ‘The Inheritance’ Named in Best 50 of 2020
Asili’s debut weaves together the histories of the MOVE Organization, the Black Arts Movement and his time in a Black Marxist collective. It centers on a man who inherits his grandmother’s house and turns it into a Black socialist collective.
Filmed in residence in EMPAC's Studio 1—Goodman in October 2019, Dolap’s new film less than no time was screened at the Istanbul Theater Festival in November, 2020.
Ni’Ja Whitson Commission Awarded 10K National Performance Network Creation Fund Grant
The Unarrival Experiments — Unconcealment Ceremonies centers the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy through a Black, Queer, and Transembodied lens. The work will encompass both interdisciplinary performance work and a site-specific performance series, as well as new and integrated media and two book-length works of writing.
Under the artistic leadership of “innovator in disability arts” (The New York Times), Alice Sheppard’s Kinetic Light enables new understandings of the moving world. Dancers perch, swoop, and soar on a striking custom-built ramp of curves and peaks in DESCENT in this recorded version making its online premiere.
Ephraim Asili's Commissioned Film ‘The Inheritance’ to Screen Nov 16–20 for Rensselaer Classes. Access will be available as physically-distanced screenings and online. Sign up on the EMPAC Website ends November 9, 2020.
Announcing new music commissions as part of the curatorial programming of EMPAC’s Curator of Music and 2020 Native Launchpad awardee Dr. Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti.
Although our fall program will look different than it has in the past as we continue to follow university policies related to the coronavirus, we are continuing work with artists on the commissioning and production of new ambitious performances and artworks across music, time-based visual art, theater and dance.
Joining hundreds of buildings and landmarks across the country, EMPAC will light up at dusk on August 26, 2020 with the suffrage colors of purple and gold, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote in the United States.
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has selected Ephraim Asili’s feature film The Inheritance to premiere at the prestigious September festival. Commissioned by EMPAC, The Inheritance was developed at the Center through a series of workshops and production residencies between 2018 and 2020.
TROY, N.Y. — New Music USA has awarded the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute a $6,000 grant to support Alarm Will Sound’s staged performance of Paper Pianos by Mary Kouyoumdjian as part of the 2021 season, and will provide the artists with multiple production residencies to develop the visual and theatrical elements.
The Foundation has awarded Rensselaer's Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) a $50,000 grant to support three new works of time-based visual art by Latinx, Caribbean, and Latin American women artists.
As a part of SFAI’s Video Art Projection event in @timessquarenyc, EMPAC's 2015 DANCE MOViES commission Ward of the Feral Horses by Orit Ben-Shitrit will be projected in Times Square June 10–15, 2020.