BRIDGMAN|PACKER DANCE

Awarded a 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production (Voyeur), Bridgman|Packer Dance's enigmatic wizardry and seamless blend of live performance and video technology can bring to life the long forgotten stories buried in the walls of an abandoned American factory, evoke the hauntingly vivid world of painter Edward Hopper, capture the arid beauty of the Mojave Desert, or transform an ordinary box truck into a stunning micro-world. The duet form explodes into a kaleidoscopic wonder– all in one breathtaking evening of dance.

Social Distanced Programming note: All of Bridgman|Packer Dance’s works have always been suitable for venues looking for Small Casts (requiring a touring party of 2-4 company members). Works that meet additional social distancing guidelines are noted below.

NEW WORK: Ghost Factory (Premiering 2021)

Running time: TBD
Choreography and Performance: Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer
Video: Peter Bobrow
Sound Design: Jeff Cook

Inspired by the residents and vast deserted factories of Johnson City, a small upstate NY town, Ghost Factory explores remnants of a past industrial era. Live performance merges with video imagery of abandoned buildings while stories told by elders who worked in these factories are woven into the piece, evoking the humanity these spaces once held. In conjunction with the stage performance, residents in Johnson City and other tour locations are invited to participate in workshops and interviews, sharing stories that might be “hidden” in local buildings, and contributing to an interactive audio/video installation in each venue lobby.

Table Bed Mirror (2019)

Running time:  30 minutes
Choreography, Performance and Video: Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer
Technology Design: John Erickson, Cristopher Blair
Sound Design: Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer

Table Bed Mirror builds on Bridgman|Packer Dance’s body of work of “Video Partnering”, their award-winning and genre-breaking integration of live performance and video technology. The work navigates through an illogical and fantastical night of dreams. While galloping through constantly shifting realities, the work references the neuroscience of the dream process and contrasts dreams’ most ridiculously commonplace details with the expansive and outrageous. Live performance, video, text, and sound score create an absurdist collage that intends to confound the perception of reality and flip assumptions upside down.

Parts of Table Bed Mirror were developed during a Catalpa Artist Residency 2018, Desert Hot Springs, CA.

TRUCK (2014, 2017)*

Running time: 20 minutes, performed at repeated intervals throughout an evening
Audience size: max 100 (30 seats, the rest standing)
Choreography, Performance and Video: Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer
Music: A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Beats Antique

Performed inside a 17-foot box truck, TRUCK brings performance to nontraditional and unexpected locations. Through Bridgman|Packer’s signature integration of live performance and video technology, an ordinary 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, or large indoor spaces. TRUCK can be presented in conjunction with stage presentations or as a separate event.

Sections of TRUCK were developed during Fellowships with Experimental Film Virginia 2014, 2017.

*Social Distanced Programming: Outdoor Performance

Site-Specific Dance/Drone Film: Look Out (2018)*

Running time: 8 minutes

Choreography, Performance and Film Editing: Art Bridgman, Myrna Packer
Cinematography: Gavin Preuss

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, in collaboration with cinematographer Gavin Preuss, will create an original short dance film, shot at the venue’s location entirely with a drone camera. With choreography, performance, and editing by Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer and drone video photography by Gavin Preuss, the work can be screened separately or in conjunction with a Bridgman|Packer Dance performance engagement.

The first in this series of short films was shot on location at LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts, Catskill, NY during their Under Construction Summer Festival 2018.

*Social Distanced Programming: Outdoor Performance

Under the Skin (2005)

Running time: 26 minutes
Choreography and Performance: Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer
Music: Ken Field
Video: Peter Bobrow and Jim Monroe

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.

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.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Technology: Zoom or other live streaming platform provided by presenter.

  • Company requires Presenter to provide virtual stage manager to run virtual activities. A tech rehearsal before every event with the virtual stage manager is required.

  • The company can adapt activities to meet the needs of each presenter/theater and their respective communities.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Making of Ghost Factory

A look behind the creative process of Bridgman Packer’s newest creation Ghost Factory (currently under development), which was inspired by the residents and vast deserted factories of Johnson City, a small upstate NY town. In this multimedia presentation, Co-Artistic directors Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, pioneers in the integration of dance with video technology, offer audiences a look into their creative process, which includes multiple site visits, storytelling sessions, and filming the once majestic buildings of this post-industrial town. This event may be hosted ahead of Ghost Factory coming to a community in order to bring local audiences into the themes of the work, draw interest, and deepen community engagement opportunities in preparation for the live performance. Option to include moderator. Alternatively a moderator may be provided by Presenter.

Details:

  • Max number of participants: Dependent on presenter’s platform maximum capacity

  • Approx 60 minutes (45 minute multimedia presentation w/ 15 min Q&A)

MULTIMEDIA ARTIST TALK

This in-depth multimedia presentation provides insight into Bridgman|Packer’s choreographic process and its integration with video technology, with images and video excerpts, they describe the history and development of their unique concepts of Video Partnering and their use of green screen technology, video editing and live camera stage set up.

Details:

  • Max number of participants: Dependent on presenter’s platform maximum capacity

  • Approx 60 minutes (45 minute multimedia presentation w/ 15 min Q&A)

LOOK OUT: Site Specific Dance on Film

Presenters may request to commission a version of the site-specific Look Out on a presenter’s campus all shot on site through a drone camera. Alternatively, the company may present a dance and film event that includes streaming the existing film Look Out filmed at The Lumberyard in Hudson, NY. Through this presentation Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer discuss the process of choreographing and filming with drone technology to capture the vibrancy and depth of their environment.

Details:

  • Event will stream original film as well as behind-the-scenes footage
    Presenter to provide moderator or may be provided by company

  • Approx 50-60 minutes (30-40 min multimedia and talk + 10-20 minute Q&A)

EMBRACE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: Streaming and Q&A

Created during the first months of a statewide quarantine, Embrace in the Time of Covid-19 explores the concept of virtual embrace and its relationship with the physical. “Embracing”, moving, and merging with each other’s video images,Bridgman and Packer delve into the relationship of intimacy and distance while exploring the ephemeral, impermanent nature of existence. the film was awarded “Best Choreography” at the Best Global Shorts Festival, “Judges Special Mention Award” at Redwood Shorts and Scripts Film Festival, and “Best Dance Film” at Indie Point of View Film Festival this summer. The film is available for streaming and can be accompanied with an Artist Talk featuring Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, where they discuss the themes behind Embrace in the Time of Covid-19 and the process of choreographing and filming this new work during the pandemic.

Details:

  • Event will stream original film as well as behind-the-scenes footage
    Presenter to provide moderator or may be provided by company

  • Running time: 50-60 min (40 min multimedia and talk + 10-20 minute Q&A)

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

CREATIVE FILM WORKSHOP SERIES

Incorporating video (with cell phone or camera) with movement and text (prose poetry, spoken word), students will create short video projects. This workshop requires multiple sessions, ideally a minimum of 4 sessions in order to realize a film project from each participant. This series can also include a Multimedia Artist Talk presented in a virtual lecture demonstration format prior to starting the workshop that will introduce the students to Bridgman|Packer’s artistic process.

Details:

  • Max number of participants: 15 Students (collaborating in 5 groups of about 3 students each)

  • Running Time: Sessions #1 and #2 – 60 minutes, Sessions #3 – 20 minutes per group, Sessions #4 – 20 minutes per group.

  • Tech Requirements: Cell phone camera (iPhone or smartphone camera) or camera that allows for still photos, video and audio recording capability (such as camcorder, digital camera) that can be saved as video files (mp4, mov); Video editing software on computer or phone that can be used to help students realize the final video (iMovie or other cellphone editing software, final cut pro, etc); Zoom. A Zoom facilitator is requested.

Sample Schedule:
Week 1 Session #1 Virtual Zoom Lecture Demonstration with BPD
Week 1 Session #2 Creative Film Workshop
Week 2: Students work independently to create short films
Week 3 Session #3 first 20 minute Session w/ each group
Week 4 Session #4 second 20 minute Sessions w/ each group
Week 5 Session #5 Virtual Screening of Films with Students and BPD

COMMUNITY STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS

In anticipation of Ghost Factory live performance, Bridgman and Packer offer an online, virtual community storytelling workshop. Participants may be families, intergenerational or from schools, community clubs or organizations that will gather and be guided through the workshop by focusing on dialogue while sharing stories of individual, family and community histories as well as visual images from their communities. Through playful and insightful intergenerational exchange, young and elders experience how their stories may differ or overlap.

Details:

  • Max number of participants: 10-15 Participants

  • Running Time: 2 hours

  • Personnel Requirements: A local community liaison to provide advance details to participants

  • Tech Requirements: A Zoom facilitator is requested

GHOST FACTORY, LOCAL STORYTELLING PROJECT

Working with local community liaisons, Bridgman and Packer will engage in storytelling workshops and/or interviews with local community members by phone or zoom, collecting stories about connections, memories, and experiences of their town and neighborhoods. Focusing on how local buildings might hold people’s stories, their input will be part of the audio/visual installation in the lobby of each venue where Ghost Factory is performed.

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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. Running time: Varies

Artist Talk with Audience Interaction
Bridgman|Packer explain their choreographic process and its integration with video technology. With 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. Audience participation in a short demonstration of live camera work is also included. Running time: 50 minutes with 10 minute Q&A Session.

Dance and Video Workshop/Masterclass
Emphasizing the relationship between live performance and the incorporation of video projection, this demonstration and workshop gives participants a hands-on experience with their Bridgman|Packer’s signature choreographic process. The students learn how to operate Bridgman|Packer’s various video technologies and are then invited to experiment by shooting their movement from several camera angles and then simultaneously projecting the imagery during their live on stage performance creating surprising juxtopositions and new compositional elements to explore. This fun and innovative workshop is appropriate for all ages and levels of experience. Running time: 90 minutes – 2 hours.

Partnering Workshop/Master Class
The Partnering Workshop gives participants skills in Bridgman|Packer’s approach to contemporary dance partnering and is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced performers. The class is non-gender specific, and emphasizes the release and ease as well as the strength of partnering. The workshop builds participants skills to explore more exhilarating and risk taking partnering techniques in duet, trio, and group forms. Running time: 90 minutes – 2 hours.

Intergenerational Workshop: Movement and Video as Vehicles for Story Telling
In conjunction with performances of Ghost Factory, Bridgman and Packer will offer this workshop for youth and adults that explores dance and technology as tools to develop personalized movement and share storytelling. As participants move and interact with their own and each other’s video images, stories of individual, family and community histories will unfold. Through playful and insightful intergenerational exchange. young and elders experience how their stories might differ or overlap. If intergenerational grouping is not preferred, this workshop can also be catered to specific age groups. Running time: 2 hours

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 individual expression and movement invention. Running time: 45 – 60 minutes.

Live Performance and Video Technology Workshop
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. Running time: 4 hours per day/ 3-5 days or longer.

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. No pre-show discussions/talks.

  • The Boston Globe

  • Star Tribune, Minneapolis

  • The New Yorker

  • 09.26.2020

    Virtual: Multimedia Artist Talk

    UVA

    Charlottesville, VA

  • 10.03.2020 — 10.24.2020

    Virtual: Virtual Workshops

    UVA

    Charlottesville, VA

  • 04.02.2021

    Truck + Video Playground

    Sheldon Theatre

    Red Wing, MN

  • 05.01.2021

    Under The Skin + Ghost Factory

    Sheldon Theatre

    Red Wing, MN

For more information, please contact:

Sandy Garcia

Sandy Garcia

Director of Booking

212.278.8111 ext. 3425

Nathalie Matychak

Nathalie Matychak

Booking Associate

212.278.8111 ext. 3422