In August, an EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission was received for the creation of In The First Place…

Comprised of ten short films, In The First Place… reframes an Italian pastoral romance published in 1499, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili – the strife of love in a dream, as a series of ten decisive moments in which the protagonist uses classical landmarks to reorient himself while pursuing his beloved. Each of the short films will consist of a single scene, 1.5 – 2 minutes long. Though each will not contain a full narrative, shifts in the characters’ tone will echo the quest through the landscapes, perspectives, and memories found in the original story.

The production will be shot in Rome, and will involve Roman landmarks that reference the dreamscapes illustrated in the Hypnerotomachia. It will premiere in the fall of 2012 as part of the Filament festival at EMPAC.

The EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission 2011-2012, is supported by The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

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