Filmmaker Ephraim Asili and Poet Sonia Sanchez Present Their New Collaboration, “Inheritance”

Troy, NY — Hudson Valley filmmaker Ephraim Asili is in residence at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop his first feature-length film, Inheritance. On Tuesday, January 23, at 7PM, Asili will present a free live performance of scenes from the film, including a cast of actors and Philadelphia poet, activist, and scholar of the Black Arts Movement, Sonia Sanchez.…

EMPAC Spring Season Kicks Off with Kapwani Kiwanga’s Multimedia “Afrogalactica”

Troy, NY — The Spring 2018 season at The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute kicks off on Tuesday, January 16, with Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga’s multimedia performance Afrogalactica. The performance begins at 7PM in the EMPAC Theater. Afrogalactica is an ongoing project synthesizing film, poetry, mythology, pop culture, science, and scholarly discourse to challenge historical narratives regarding the African diaspora. An…

EMPAC Announces Spring 2018 Season

Troy, NY — The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to present its Spring 2018 season of concerts, theatrical productions, dance performances, film screenings, installations, talks, and work-in-progress presentations. View the entire calendar at empac.rpi.edu. The season kicks off on January 16 with Afrogalactica, a film-performance by Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga. Drawing on the Afrofuturist tradition, Kiwanga assumes the role of speculative anthropologist, mixing…

Mahaiwe December Events

 
Highlights include concerts by Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Blind Boys of Alabama, John Pizzarelli Quartet, and more Great Barrington, Mass.— The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present an array of festive events in December, including concerts by Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Preservation Hall Legacy Horns, John Pizzarelli…

Mahaiwe November Events

Thompson Square Duo, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Arlo Guthrie, 
London’s National Theatre and Met Opera in HD, and The Wizard of Oz Great Barrington, Mass.— The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present concerts by Thompson Square Duo, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, and the Arlo Guthrie Family Show in November, as well as HD broadcasts of…

Choreographer Elena Demyanenko and filmmaker Erika Mijlin offer a work-in-progress performance of their EMPAC commission Echo/Archive

Troy, NY — On Friday, October 6, choreographer-performer Elena Demyanenko and filmmaker Erika Mijlin will present a work-in-progress performance of their collaboration Echo/Archive at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The event begins at 7PM and is free and open to the public, however, capacity is limited so audience members are advised to arrive early. Elena Demyanenko is a Russian-born dancer and choreographer…

Boudry / Lorenz present their film “Telepathic Improvisation,” based on a score by Pauline Oliveros

Troy, NY — On Thursday, September 28, Berlin-based artistic duo Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz will screen their new film Telepathic Improvisation at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The event begins at 7PM and will include a conversation with Victoria Brooks, EMPAC’s curator of time-based visual arts. Shot in the EMPAC Theater during Spring 2017, Telepathic Improvisation takes as its starting point the late Rensselaer professor and famed composer Pauline Oliveros’ 1974…