Mary Armentrout Dance Theater Presents Work-in-Progress Performance at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Friday, October 27, at 5PMMary Armentrout Dance Theater will present a special work-in-progress performance of a new project commissioned by EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A promenading performance, Listening Creates an Opening will take the audience across the Rensselaer campus, from a turn-of-the-century classroom to the contemporary EMPAC building. Set to premiere in Fall 2018, the final work will also incorporate sites in downtown Troy.

Listening Creates an Opening is a collaboration between San Francisco-based choreographer and performance artist Mary Armentrout, media artist Ian Winters, and sound artist Evelyn Ficarra. The trio have undertaken a series of EMPAC residencies in the past year to develop choreography and multimedia for the project, including a time-lapse video of EMPAC’s north staircase that will run an entire calendar year. 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.

Admission for this performance is free and open to the public, however, capacity is limited. Please note that the audience will be moving from site to site throughout the performance, so the audience is advised to dress accordingly. Mobility accommodations will be available for those unable to walk long distances or stand for extended periods.

For more information, please visit

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s