Thursday November 15, 2012

TROY N.Y. -- 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, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.

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" (N.Y. 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 p.m.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.

More information can be found on the EMPAC website: empac.rpi.edu. Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518-276-3921.

About EMPAC empac.rpi.edu

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is an international hub for art, performance, science, and technology -- offering adventurous interdisciplinary public events, support for artists and scholars engaged in creative research, and the resources of a state-of-the art facility for digital media production, research, and performance situated on a college campus.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -- rpi.edu

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation’s oldest technological university. The school offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the social sciences and humanities. For over 30 years, the Institute has been a leader in interdisciplinary creative research, especially in the electronic arts. In addition to its MFA and PhD programs in electronic arts, Rensselaer offers bachelor degrees in electronic arts, and in electronic media, arts, and communication -- one of the first undergraduate programs of its kind in the United States. The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and EMPAC are two major research platforms that Rensselaer established at the beginning of the 21st century.

EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.