French Multimedia Artist Laure Prouvost Presents Work-in-Progress Performance of her New EMPAC Commission, “They Are Waiting for You”

Troy, NY — On Thursday, November 16, French artist Laure Prouvost will present a work-in-progress showing of her new stage performance at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. While Prouvost is primarily known for her visual art and film work, They Are Waiting for You is the Turner Prize-winning artist’s first major commission for the stage, currently under development at EMPAC. At 7PM, she will present a first look at the work with collaborators Sam Belinfante and Pierre Droulers.

In They Are Waiting for You, theatrical and cinematic technologies—projection, light, and haze—interact with dancers, musicians, objects, and the audience in a surreal and perceptually disorientating performance. Prouvost is known for her films and installations, characterized by richly layered stories and acts of mis-translation. Engaged in an ongoing conversation with the history of art and literature, Prouvost makes use of humor and the fantastical to explore the boundaries between fiction and reality and to unhinge commonplace and expected connections between language, image, and perception.

In 2013, Prouvost was awarded the Turner Prize, the most prestigious honor for visual artists working in the UK. She has been working in residence at EMPAC since spring 2017 and will premiere the finished work, They Are Waiting for You, in spring 2018.

EMPAC work-in-progress presentations offer audiences a look behind the scenes at the ongoing work of the EMPAC artist-in-residence program. These performances are always free and open to the public.

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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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