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 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 such choreographers as Bill T. Jones. Erika Mijlin is a producer, editor, writer, and founding partner of the media production company Artifact Pictures. Both artists teach at Bennington College. The duo have been working in residence at EMPAC with a multigenerational team of performers, including Dana Reitz, Eva Karczag, and Jodi Melnick, as well as video designer Ray Sun.

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Echo/Archive is a performance dialogue between female dance and movement artists of different aesthetic genealogies, women who bookend a generation of dance history. The three-part multimedia work explores the notion of bodily heritage, how various dance legacies, and by extension all human somatic experience, is encoded in the body and may be felt and communicated over generations. Using lighting, video, and audio, the piece also explores how mediation functions as a partner in this process.

Watch a short preview of the project.

For this performance, the artists will share their work thus far and describe the trajectory of the project. Echo/Archive will receive its world premiere at EMPAC on March 2, 2018.

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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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