Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang Presents “darker” at EMPAC

Performed by Ensemble Signal with live projections by Suzanne Bocanegra TROY, NY—On Friday, April 27, at 7:30PM, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang’s orchestral work, darker. The evening-length composition will be performed by Ensemble Signal, with live…

EMPAC Director Johannes Goebel Hosts an Open Dialogue on Art

TROY, NY—Why is there art? Why should anyone care? Isn’t everything art and everyone an artist? What is the place of art in this society and at Rensselaer? And what is EMPAC’s place in all this? On Wednesday, April 11, at 7PM, Johannes Goebel will host ART!??!!!, a dialogue on these and other questions at EMPAC | Curtis R.…

Ni’Ja Whitson Performs “A Meditation on Tongues” at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Thursday, April 5, at 7PM, choreographer Ni’Ja Whitson presents their dance performance A Meditation on Tongues at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A Meditation on Tongues is Whitson’s live-dance adaptation of filmmaker and activist Marlon T. Riggs 1989 film Tongues Untied, a groundbreaking portrait of black, gay identity. Upon its release, Riggs’ Tongues Untied was one of the first efforts…

EMPAC’s Other Uses Series Continues with Filmmaker Ulysses Jenkins

Troy, NY — On Monday, March 26, at 7PM, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute presents the next event in its yearlong film series Other Uses. Focused on the work of filmmaker Ulysses Jenkins, the event will feature documentary and performance videos the artist made from the 1970s to the present. Jenkins will be making a…

Restless NYC’s This Was the End transforms Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya into a multimedia theatrical installation

Troy, NY — In playwright Anton Chekhov’s canonical work Uncle Vanya, the titular character asks, “What if I live to be 60?” Contemporary dramaturg Mallory Catlett and her troupe Restless NYC have attempted to answer this question with This Was the End, an Obie Award-winning work featuring four actors in their 60s. The project will now enter a new phase of development at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental…