EMPAC 360 Dazzles Crowd
"EMPAC 360" gave audiences a glimpse of
what's to come; music was provided by string quartet
Ethel, while dancers from Flyaway Productions used the
building-under-construction as their stage.
Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
(EMPAC) marked the midpoint between groundbreaking and opening
with a sunset performance around the site on Sept. 8. A crowd
of approximately 2,000 — including students, faculty, staff,
families, and members of the Troy community — attended the
evening presentation that featured local, national, and
EMPAC Director Johannes Goebel urged audience members to
“exercise your bodies as well as your minds” at the show.
Titled “EMPAC 360: On Site + Sound,” the event included aerial
dance, music, live visuals, and pyrotechnics, which audience
members watched as they walked around the periphery of the
“I was extremely impressed with the creativity of the
performances, and now I’m even more excited about the types of
activities that will be going on in EMPAC,” said Steven Cramer,
professor of chemical and biological engineering.
The evening included performances by: San Francisco-based
Flyaway Productions, who created an aerial site-specific dance
work that ranged over the walls and empty spaces of the
building; Ethel, a New York City-based string quartet; Long
Island-based visual artist Benton-C Bainbridge and Troy
composer, audio artist, and sound designer Stephan Moore, who
collaborated in a real-time creation of projected video and
sound; and French pyrotechnics designer Pierre-Alain Hubert,
who illuminated the evening’s events with pyrotechnics.
Originally published in Rensselaer
Magazine, Fall 2005
Photo by Ray Felix