Tuesday, June 7, 2011

EMPAC Happenings this Friday, June 10th (FREE!)

So despite the summer being EMPAC's "slow" season, they've got two interesting events cooked up for this coming Friday, June 10th. Better yet, they are both free. So go check them out before you hit the town for the night.

First, TOOL IS LOOT...

Wally Cardona + Jennifer Lacey: TOOL IS LOOT
Friday, June 10, 7 PM

"TOOL IS LOOT is a duet made via a curious process of disorientation. For one year, choreographers/dancers Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey worked apart, in the US and France, respectively. Each solicited weeklong encounters with non-dance experts, allowing the opinions and desires of an “outsider” to shift what they knew about creating short solos. These experts included an astrophysicist, a sommelier, an architect, a film editor, a medical supply salesman, a kinetic sculptor, a baroque opera singer, an art critic, an acoustician, and a social activist.

Now in residence at EMPAC, Cardona and Lacey come together in the duet, TOOL IS LOOT, with their identities simultaneously undone and strengthened. They ask the question: What comes after you don’t know anymore?"

Here's a great quote from the performers:

"We would like to believe that our bodies and our brains are fantastically flexible and responsive to change, containing—at any moment—both the abstract and the specific. Well... what we’ve learned is that this is both gloriously true and frustratingly untrue. But that’s okay, really, and this dance proves it. There will be a swan, a prince, a robot, sexual behavior, and two chairs. Sometimes all at once."
— Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey

And then later that night, Compositions for a Sound Dome

Compositions for a Sound Dome
Friday, June 10, 8:30 PM

"With 24 loudspeakers suspended in the air as a sound dome, eight composers who participated in the workshop Composing for Large Scale Multi-Channel Loudspeaker Environments present their explorations of sound, music, and space. Led by Hans Tutschku (Harvard University), the 6-day workshop immersed artists in the study and composition of pieces to be performed with many loudspeakers, going far beyond what we know as “surround sound”. The unique opportunities at EMPAC allowed participants to work in three spaces with a large number of loudspeakers to develop their ideas. The concert will include a broad range of approaches to this singular sonic challenge."

Also, don't forget that Celeste Boursier-Mougenot still has two installations up. Check our post on that here.

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