The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announces Four Walls, an EMPAC commissioned live multimedia dance installation by dancer/choreographer Ralph Lemon. The performances will take place in EMPAC’s Studio 1 – Goodman on Friday, November 16 at 8 PM and Saturday, November 17 at 4 PM.
In the video above, Ralph Lemon talks about how he develops his concepts as he works on an earlier dance piece at MOMA. At EMPAC, his new work Four Walls will be seen for the first time.
With Four Walls, Ralph Lemon, in collaboration with Shoko Letton and Mike Taylor, premieres a live multimedia dance installation that provides four points of view on one dance, giving a new shape to the “dance with no form.”
The basis of the amorphous collaborative work is a play on time, energy, and the disappearing body. This exploration engages the spectator in a creative process that is relentless in questioning the nature of what passes between performers and audiences.
ralph lemon is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and visual artist. He currently serves as the artistic director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross- disciplinary performance and presentation.
Lemon’s most recent work, How Can You Stay in The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? (2008-2010) was a four-part project consisting of live performance, film, and visual art.
Awards include a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Artist Award and a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, two “Bessie” (NY Dance and Performance) Awards, two Foundation for Contemporary Art Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many others.
Four Walls is co-produced by Cross Performance Inc. and MAPP International Productions.
Four Walls is co-commissioned and has been developed during residencies at EMPAC and at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets are $18 general admission; $13 non-Rensselaer students, seniors, and Rensselaer faculty + staff; and $6 Rensselaer students (must provide ID for discounted tickets).
Evelyn’s Café will open at 7 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Service continues after the performance. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.