Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2013 - (Page 9)
This spring, Lecoq-trained actor, principal clown for Cirque du Soleil, and contemporary
artist Colin Gee presented In the First Place..., a multilayered dance film installation.
The film was part of the 2011 DANCE MOViES Commission.
Latest Dance Movies
The newly commissioned projects will
receive awards ranging from $20,000 to
$30,000. They will be created over the
course of one year by the three collaborative teams that are based in the United
States, and will premiere at EMPAC
during the 2014-15 season.
EMPAC's DANCE MOViES
Commission, established in 2007, supports
the creation of new works in which dance
meets the technologies of the moving
image. As the first major commissioning
program for dance film in the U.S., it has
had a significant national and international impact, with the creation of
20 new commissioned works
to date, many of which are
winning awards and touring
The commission is
supported by the Jaffe Fund
for Experimental Media
and Performing Arts.
It is open to artists based
in North and South
America who are
making video, film, and
ERIN REID COKER
THE CURTIS R. PRIEM EXPERIMENTAL
Media and Performing Arts Center
(EMPAC) has announced the three
recipients of this year's EMPAC DANCE
MOViES Commission. Chosen out of 69
proposals, the projects range widely in format, style, and intent: from a multichannel video installation to exploration of
movement and music in flight. Each project reinforces the quality and inventiveness that has typified previous DANCE
MOViES Commission recipients, while
continuing to push the definition of what
dance on screen can be. All projects will
be developed and produced at EMPAC,
taking advantage of full production
support while in residence.
In one project, contemporary artist
Seline Baumgartner collaborates with
professional dancers over the age of 62,
exploring how contemporary dance forms
indulge in the eternal cult of youth.
In another, video artist Marianne Kim
creates a non-narrative investigation
of "fugue state," referring to flight,
wandering, forgetting, reinventing, and
remembering. And filmmaker and artist
Orit Ben-Shitrit explores the psychological struggle that immigration poses
GENERALLY, IT TAKES STUDENTS FOUR YEARS TO EARN A
bachelor's degree and about another five to attain a
doctorate. In Rensselaer's Accelerated B.S./Ph.D.
Program, students can earn these degrees in just
seven years or less.
JP Trasatti, who earned his B.S. in chemistry in
2011 and is now pursuing a doctorate, found the
built-in research rotations of the B.S./Ph.D. program
one of its most attractive features. These rotations
allow students to sample different labs and explore
their interests before committing to one. "It's not like
going to a grad school just to work with one particular
faculty member," he says. "You have the opportunity
to learn what you like through the rotations."
On his third rotation, Trasatti clicked with the lab
of Professor Pankaj Karande, where he works on
multiple projects, including developing a 3-D human
skin model and studying protein-protein interactions
of the blood brain barrier-projects consistent with
his passion for conducting research with the potential
of improving people's lives.
This spring, Trasatti was awarded a prestigious
NSF Graduate Fellowship, which provides a threeyear annual stipend of $30,000 along with a
$10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and
fees, and opportunities for international research
and professional development.
Hannah Trasatti has set out on a parallel path to
that of her brother. She will earn her B.S. in biochemistry in 2014, and aims for her Ph.D. in 2017.
Hannah took root in the laboratory of Professor
Wilfredo Colón, where she is developing a novel
method for isolating kinetically stable proteins using different proteases. This
research may have application in our
understanding of Alzheimer's disease,
type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease,
and cystic fibrosis.
JP has served as president of
Phalanx, Rensselaer's senior
leadership honor society,
has mentored students
as a learning assistant and
Student Orientation adviser,
and has worked on the
Hannah is a founding officer of weR: The Spirit of
Rensselaer Society, which
promotes school spirit. Both
are also active in Greek life.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2013
Table of Contents
Snapshot: The Jefferson Project
President's View: Technology for the 21st century
Feature: Research Refreshed
Feature: Mastering Manufacturing in the MILL
Feature: The Art of the Show
One Last Thing
Video: Jefferson Project (4:43)
Clip: Rensselaer IDEA announcement (4:49)
Video: JP Trassetti (2:26)
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2013