EMPAC Presents the Premiere of “echo/archive”

Troy, NY — On Friday, March 2, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present the world premiere of echo/archive, a performance collaboration between choreographer Elena Demyanenko and filmmaker Erika Mijlin. Developed over the past year at EMPAC, echo/archive combines live dance with live and pre-recorded video to reflect the layers of memory and heritage that exist in each human body.

Elena Demyanenko is a Russian-born dancer and choreographer who has been performing, teaching, and choreographing in New York City since 2001. She was a member of Trisha Brown and Stephen Petronio Dance Companies, and has danced for choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, collecting the movement vocabulary of these modern dance icons within her body. Echo/archive is an exploration of how movement is imprinted upon the body and subsequently communicated between dancers and across generations. Working with performers Dana Reitz, Eva Karczag, and Jodi Melnick, the performance spans a generation and genealogy of dance history.

Erika Mijlin is a producer, editor, writer, and founding partner of the media production company Artifact Pictures. Working closely with Demyanenko to integrate three channels of live and pre-recorded video within the show’s choreography, Mijlin and video designer Ray Sun expand on the piece’s themes of legacy, relationship, and female artmaking by reflecting the performers’ movements across a series of onstage monitors.

For more information, please visit empac.rpi.edu.

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.

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