EMPAC—The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

A Performa Commission with the National Arts Centre of Canada

Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed pairs acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin’s classic first feature film with a live performance of a newly commissioned score by composer Matthew Patton. The score is performed by a remarkable cast of Icelandic string musicians and vocalists including twin sisters Kristin Anna Valtysdottir and Gyda Valtysdottir (formerly of the band mum), Sigur Rós bandmates Amiina, Borgar Magnason, and more—offering a unique glimpse inside the artistic process via a performance still in its rehearsal phase prior to its premiere at the Performa11 Festival in NYC.

Dramatic new narration, written by Maddin, will be performed live. Foley sound effects will be created live by three members of Seattle’s Aono Jikken Ensemble, and new live visuals, created on stage in front of the audience, will be conceived and directed by Maddin as well, with all of these different parts working together to create a breathtaking spectacle casting Tales from the Gimli Hospital in an entirely new light.

Curator: Kathleen Forde

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EMPAC is the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s international hub for contemporary art, performance, science, and technology. This dynamic center offers adventurous public events and performances in dance, theater, music, and the visual arts throughout…


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EMPAC is the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s international hub for contemporary art, performance, science, and technology. This dynamic center offers adventurous public events and performances in dance, theater, music, and the visual arts throughout the year. EMPAC is also a space where artists and researchers engage in new creative practice through its residency program.

For information on these and other upcoming events,
visit empac.rpi.edu.

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