Announcing Recipients Of The DANCE MOViES Commission 2013

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EMPAC announces the three recipients of this year’s EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission. Chosen out of 69 proposals, the projects range widely in format, style, and intent: from a multichannel video installation to exploration of movement and music in flight. Each project reinforces the quality and inventiveness that has typified previous DANCE MOViES Commission recipients while continuing to push the definition of what dance on screen can be. All projects will be developed and produced at EMPAC, taking advantage of full production support while in residence.

In one project, contemporary artist Seline Baumgartner collaborates with professional dancers over the age of 62, exploring how contemporary dance forms indulges in the eternal cult of youth. In another, video artist Marianne Kim creates a non-narrative investigation of “fugue state,” referring to flight, wandering, forgetting, reinventing, and remembering. And filmmaker and artist Orit Ben-Shitrit explores the psychological struggle that immigration poses for individuals.

The newly commissioned projects will receive awards ranging from $20,000 to $30,000. They will be created over the course of one year by the three collaborative teams that are based in the US, and will premiere at EMPAC during the 2014–15 season.

EMPAC’s DANCE MOViES Commission, established in 2007, supports the creation of new works in which dance meets the technologies of the moving image. As the first major commissioning program for dance film in the US, it has had a significant national and international impact, with the creation of 20 new commissioned works to date, many of which are winning awards and touring extensively.

The commission is supported by Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and the Performing Arts. It is open to artists based in North and South America who are making video, film, and installation work.

EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission 2013 Recipients

Lost & Found, US
single channel video

Director/Choreographer: Marianne M. Kim
Theater Artist/Performer: Will Bond
Production Designer: Brian H. Scott
Music/Sound: Eve Miller

If it is as if it, US
three-channel video + audio installation

Director: Seline Baumgartner
Director of Photography: Sebastian Mlynarski
Dancer/Choreographer: Meg Harper
Dancer/Choreographer: Sally Gross
Dancer/Choreographer: Vicky Shick

Shadows with Heat, US
single channel video

Director: Orit Ben-Shitrit
Choreographer: Kate Corby
Dancer: Joanna Kotze
Director of Photography: Chapin Hall
Composer: Timothy Korn
Editor: Jeremy C. Hansen

ABOUT the DANCE MOViES Commission

The works supported by the DANCE MOViES Commission are experimental dance works for the screen which vary widely in content and form, yet are united by the fact that they are crafted by a choreographer or movement-based artist.

DANCE MOViES Commissions may be narrative-based works, abstract works, or may use tools such as computer processing, motion capture, simulation, animation, image processing, and post-production technologies, and some may even extend the confines of the single screen to multiple screens or projections.

The EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commissions are awarded through a competitive open proposal process conducted annually.

May 1, 2013