Free DANCE MOViES Commission Workshops

In follow-up to my post about EMPAC’s fabulous DANCE MOViES Commission, below is a new announcement from Hélène Lesterlin, EMPAC’s Dance Curator, about a series of free workshops she will be holding in LA, Buenos Aires and New York in November and December. These workshops are designed to help artists prepare strong proposals to EMPAC and other grant-making foundations to fund new dance film/video/installation projects. With so few grants specifically earmarked for videodance, this is a rare opportunity every dance filmmaker in North and South America should take advantage of.

November:  DANCE MOViES Commission WORKSHOPS
led by EMPAC’s Dance Curator Hélène Lesterlin

Free and open to artists interested in applying to the commission. No need to register, just come!

Topics covered:  How to apply, what makes a strong proposal, information on the facilities of EMPAC, issues related to installation-based works, examples shown, followed by a Q&A and discussion.

BUENOS AIRES  Thursday, November 8th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Videodanza Festival International de Buenos Aires
For information and location:

LOS ANGELES  Wednesday, November 28th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
18th Street Arts Center
1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
In the main gallery space.

NEW YORK CITY  Monday, December 3rd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
Take the elevator to the third floor.


OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS – deadline Feb 15, 2008
The EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission supports the creation of new works in the field of experimental dance for the screen made by, or in collaboration with, a choreographer or movement artist based in the Americas. Up to 3 commissions will be awarded in the range of $7,000 – $50,000. Artists may apply to create works in conjunction with the Artist-in-Residence program, taking advantage of EMPAC’s spaces, technology, infrastructure such as computer-controlled rigging or large-scale immersive studio environments. 

— guidelines, application and info:
— questions: or 1.518.276.3918
— deadline:  2/15/08

Backed by the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, the DANCE MOViES Commission supports experimental works for the screen including film, video, installation and other audio-visual formats.

EMPAC – the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center – is a place and a program where the arts challenge and alter our technology and technology challenges and alters the arts. Founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, EMPAC is an arts institution that draws strength from being part of a great research university. It operates nationally and internationally: attracting innovative artists, both renowned and emerging, from around the world; offering artists, researchers, and audiences opportunities that are available nowhere else under a single roof; providing unsurpassed facilities for creative exploration, and for research in fields such as visualization and movement capture; sending new artworks onto the global stage.

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