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Friday, December 2, 2022 at 8:00 PM EST


Serpentine is a solo performance that centralizes choreographic repetition and insistence to explore the occupation of space, time, and attention over the course of two hours. It will be installed in the Lobby of EMPAC. What is designed as a cathartic work for a performer, or interpreter, is staged in close proximity to an audience who might be moved to find their own relationship to repetition and insistence.

The work vibrates the essence of choreographer Daina Ashbee’s dark and feminine oeuvre and intensely summarizes the artist’s previous three works, Unrelated (2014), When the ice melts, will we drink the water? (2016) and Pour (2016). Each of these performances features subtly specific choreographic exploration and simple imagery that is meant to resonate with many different viewers. At its core, the work is a deep study of bodies in movement as they relate to their environment; cultural, social, performative, and natural circumstances.

Serpentine includes original electric organ composition by Jean-Francois Blouin. The haunting electric organ creates sonic space for slow, sensual movement to escalate in its violence.

Covid-19 Policy: Off-campus audience: Proof of Vaccination or masking with N-95 mask required. RPI community: RPI protocols apply. ID check required.

Some events may require everyone to wear a mask in the venue. Masks will be available on entry.


110 8th Street
Troy NY 12180

Rensselaer Students — FREE admission to all events by swiping your ID card before the show and joining EMPAC+.
Advance Tickets for students are $6.


This is a general admission performance - the seats are on a first come, first serve basis when you arrive at the venue.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to start of performance.