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R.U. Ready?

by Jeff Nania March 6, 2013

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  When the exhibition-performance was ready to begin, the humans in attendance were herded into a line as recordings played over the house loudspeaker from “the machine.” Instructions like “you can help by not helping” were ...

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Untitled Apocalypse

by The Staff February 21, 2013

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  Allison Berkoy’s mysterious extravaganza Untitled Apocalypse, which will be presented at EMPAC this weekend, was heralded by one of the more intriguing press releases we’ve seen in ages. The show is promised to be “an immersive, ...

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In Residence

by Erin Pihlaja February 20, 2013

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  Laurie Anderson is on stage wrestling with plugs, computers, and other electronic bits. Her hope is to get the machines talking, and as she crouches low to the ground near the snake’s nest of coiled, ...

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Cluster

by The Staff November 1, 2012

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  People are still talking about the last time Kurt Hentschlager visited EMPAC. It was six years ago, before the shining arts center on the hill was finished; audio-visual wizard Hentschlager filled the RPI Playhouse with ...

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Best of Arts

by The Staff July 19, 2012

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  Best Arts Complex Proctors 432 State St., Schenectady Quality programming across genres in multiple venues, simultaneously: Proctors set a high standard for themselves, and meet it. Broadway shows, independent and classic cinema, internationally renowned pop, classical, soul, rock ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone April 18, 2012

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RETURN ENGAGEMENT Choreographers Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey first performed TOOL IS LOOT in EMPAC’s Studio 2 as a work-in-progress in June 2011. This weekend, with Jonathan Bepler, they return to perform the finished work ...

Lucky Dragons

by The Staff February 23, 2012

Google the term “actual reality” and you’ll find a Hollywood production company, a web design firm, a profile on the MIT admissions site, the Wikipedia entry for “reality,” a messageboard for fans of the musical ...

Hello Hi There

by The Staff February 16, 2012

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“What happens when you place two chatbot programs in conversation?” This is the question posed by Obie Award-winning writer-director Annie Dorsen about the set-up of Hello Hi There, the performance piece she will present at EMPAC ...

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Harnessing Vertical Dance

by Elyse Beaudoin February 9, 2012

  On Saturday (Feb. 4), a diverse audience laid down on a stage in the Theater at RPI’s EMPAC. Each face in the crowd looked up at choreographer Yves Fauchon, who was perched on a large ...

A Week in the Dark

by Shawn Stone December 14, 2011

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It’s late on a Friday afternoon. Most people are hanging out with friends after work, or they’re making their way home. Maybe they’re already home, preparing dinner or getting ready to go out for the ...

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Catch the Tiger!

by The Staff April 13, 2011

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EMPAC brings us the best and brightest work from the cutting edge of creativity, and intermedia composer and pianist Jaroslaw Kapuscinski certainly fits the bill. If the fact he’s an “intermedia composer” with a spectacular name ...

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Nicole Beutler

by The Staff March 30, 2011

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  EMPAC will offer a performance piece double-header tonight (Thursday) and Friday with two works by German-born, Amsterdam-based choreographer-author Nicole Beutler. It’s dance and theater combined, with dinner in between: Beutler supplies the performances and EMPAC ...

Classical

by The Staff March 9, 2011

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Signal/Music of Steve Reich It will be a special evening Saturday when the New York City-based Signal ensemble perform two well-known and admired works by minimalist composer Steve Reich (pictured). Signal, recognized for their performances at Bang ...

Work in Process

by Josh Potter March 24, 2010

On my first visit to meet the OpenEnded Group, I leave nearly as confused about what the team of digital artists actually does as when I first arrived. Outside, it’s a sunny fall day, ...