A dancer wearing a colorful costume laying on a red carpet while being filmed as Maria Hassabi looks at the video feed on a screen, contemplating.


Maria Hassabi
Studio 2 and Theater

Artist/choreographer Maria Hassabi was in residence with dancers to shoot and begin editing footage for a moving-image installation derived from various iterations of her work STAGING (2017). This new project was Hassabi’s first moving-image installation and was co-commissioned by EMPAC.

The residency included a four-camera shoot on STAGING’s iconic pink carpet arranged in the EMPAC theater, as well as Steadicam and robotic camera shoots in four locations throughout the EMPAC building. Hassabi’s installation furthered her exploration of color and the signature slowness of her prior performances. The piece had its premiere at the EMPAC 10YEARS celebration.

Main Image: Maria Hassabi in residence shooting her commission for EMPAC's 10YEARS celebration SlowMeDown. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Mick Bello/EMPAC.


Fall 2018

Production Credits

Additional co-production support towards the creation of SlowMeDown (2018), was provided by Point Center for Contemporary Art, Nicosia CY.


EMPAC 2018–19 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.