“…the boundary between reality and imagination is brilliantly blurred… Welcome to the future of dance.”
-Star Tribune, Minneapolis
Dates Available for Touring
Fall 2018-Spring 2019
Production Staff: 1-2
Repertory Available 2018/19
Running time: Approx 20 minutes, performed at repeated intervals throughout an evening
Audience size: max 100 (30 seats, rest standing)
Music: A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Beats Antique
Performed inside a 17-foot U-Haul, Truck brings performance to nontraditional and unexpected locations. Through Bridgman|Packer’s signature integration of live performance and video technology, an ordinary box truck evolves from the utilitarian into a reimagined space, a micro-world of visions and transformation. Exploring how context changes perception, the work ranges from evocative to humorous, to sensuous, to wacky. With the audience looking into the bed of the truck from the outside, the work can be performed in parking lots, parks, loading docks, plazas, street corners, indoor parking garages or large indoor spaces. Truck can be presented in conjunction with stage presentations or as a separate event.
Sections of Truck were developed during a Fellowship with Experimental Film Virginia 2014.
Running time: 33 minutes
Video: Peter Bobrow
Sound Design: Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg
Voyeur takes the paintings of Edward Hopper as its point of departure. Through their integration of live performance and video technology, Bridgman and Packer immerse themselves in Hopper’s world of color, light, perspective, and voyeurism, with its implications of isolation, obstruction, and under-the-surface eroticism. Fragmented moments of private lives are witnessed through windows and doorways; the presence of a seen or unseen viewer lies at the heart of Voyeur.
Voyeur is co-commissioned by Portland Ovations (Portland, ME) and the Edward Hopper House Art Center (Nyack, NY). The creation of Voyeur is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Voyeur premiered in 2012, presented by Portland Ovations.
Remembering What Never Happened
Running time: 33 minutes
Technology Design: Phillip Gulley
Sound Design: John Guth
The intersection of memory and imagination is at the core of this work. Expanding on their signature integration of live performance and video technology, memory becomes a constantly shifting territory as they delve into the changeable nature of time, form, and perception. Bridgman and Packer interact with their video images that morph and explode into digital re- interpretations of the human body, while scenes shot on location in the Mojave Desert transform into surreal landscapes. In a departure from their past work, this piece incorporates simultaneous computer video processing with time-delay and image altering capabilities. Multiple video images appear and evaporate in response to the performers’ movements and evolve from photo realism into strokes of abstraction. The work rides the line between the constant and the shifting, the tangible and the subconscious, while exploring the plasticity of memory and experience. The Huffington Post, NYC proclaimed, “gorgeous, and deeply moving.”
Remembering What Never Happened is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co commissioned by The Yard (Chilmark, MA) in partnership with Opera House Arts (Stonington, ME), and Silvermine ArtsCenter (New Canaan, CT) and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). The Forth Fund is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Parts of Remembering What Never Happened were developed during The Yard’s 2015 Offshore Creation Residency and a Catalpa Artist Residency 2015, Desert Hot Springs, CA. The creation of this work is also made possible in part by a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Remembering What Never Happened premiered in 2015 at The Yard.
Under the Skin
Running time: 26 minutes
Music: Ken Field
In Under The Skin, the duet form explodes into a magically populated stage as Bridgman and Packer interchange with their ever-multiplying virtual selves. Performers’ bodies and costumes become projection screens, morphing and redefining their identities while revealing psychological depths.
The Boston Globe hailed the work, “the most thrilling dance work this reviewer has seen in recent memory…flat-out exhilarating.”
Under the Skin is a co-commissioning project of Contemporary Dance Theater (Cincinnati, OH) in partnership with The Dance Place (Washington, D.C.) and the National Performance Network Creation Fund. The NPN Creation Fund is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Altria, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The creation of Under the Skin was also supported by funds from the 92nd Street Y New Works in Dance Fund, NYC. Technological support was provided by SUNY Rockland: Communications/Media Arts.
Video Playground (Interactive Video Installation)
This engaging interactive installation invites participants of all ages to experience the magic of Bridgman|Packer Dance up close and personal. Video Playground allows participants to play with scale, juxtaposition of shadow and video imagery and explore the duality and morphing of self and image. This live interactive installation can be projected in public spaces – bringing to life the architecture in a community and new meaning to familiar places.
Artist Talk / Lecture Demonstration
Bridgman and Packer explain their choreographic process and its integration with video technology. Including slides and video excerpts, they describe the history and development of their unique concepts of Video Partnering and demonstrate their use of green screen technology, video editing, and live camera stage set-up. A performance of an excerpt of their repertory and/or audience participation in a short demonstration of live camera work can also be included.
Dance and Video Workshop
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer lead this demonstration and workshop, explaining their choreographic process in working with video and live performance. The students participate by experimenting with several live camera angles so that the movement performed can be simultaneously projected in ways that are surprising, fun, and innovative with an emphasis on the relationship between the live performance and the video projections. This workshop is appropriate for all ages and levels of experience.
The Partnering Workshop transmits Bridgman|Packer’s approach to contemporary dance partnering for beginners through advanced performers. The class is non-gender specific, emphasizes the release and ease as well as the strength of partnering, and builds to develop exhilarating and risk-taking partnering in duet, trio, and group forms.
Creative Movement for Children
This class offers a fun, energetic approach to movement exploration. The session emphasizes rhythm, musicality, awareness of space, and imagery that leads to individuality of expression and movement invention.
Live Performance and Video Technology Workshop (3-5 days or longer)
Designed for high school, college or professional levels, this workshop examines the relationship of video and live performance from a choreographic point of view. Participants explore how video technology can become an integral part of the performance and the creative process; how it can offer a vital layering element in composition; and how it can add depth to the realization of the artistic intent. Participants will work on short performance projects. Basic knowledge of video editing software is helpful but not required. Participants with or without technological experience are welcome.
Other Master Class and Workshop Offerings: Composition/Improvisation; Body Awareness (based on Alexander Technique, Laban-Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals, and other somatic techniques); Movement for Actors, Movement for Athletes
Post-performance discussions available upon request.
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, Co-Artistic Directors
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer’s innovative work developing “Video Partnering” — the integration of live performance and video technology — has been acclaimed for its highly visual and visceral alchemy of the live and virtual. Their works enhance the possibilities of dance by multiplying, transforming and manipulating their own life-size video images and cinematic imagery, intertwining them with live performance. Bridgman and Packer were the first to receive a joint Guggenheim Fellowship Award for collaborative work. They have also received grants from NEA, NEFA, NYSCA, USArtists International, Performing Americas Project, two NYFA Choreography Fellowships, and four NPN Creation Fund Awards. They have performed internationally in venues including: New York City Center, SpoletoUSA, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Munich International Dance Festival, and Festival Internacional de Artes Escenicas.