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New Baltic Dance'17: Bridgman | Packer Dance

12 th, 13th and 14th of May 9.30 PM, Arts Printing House, Yard

Bridgman|Packer Dance (USA)


Choreography, performance and video: Myrna Packer and Art Bridgman
Music: A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Beats Antique
Photography: Chris Roll, Peter Bobrow, Art Bridgman

Premiere: 2014
Duration: 15 min

Parts of Truck were developed during a fellowship at Experimental Film Virginia 2014. The work was premiered in August, 2014 at the Harbour for the Arts Festival, Cape Charles, VA.
These performances of Bridgman|Packer Dance are supported in part by seed funds from Rapid Response, a project of American Dance Abroad.

Truck is performed inside a box truck with the audience viewing from the outside. The work brings performance to unusual locations while transforming the interior of an ordinary truck into a reimagined, magical space. Replete with startlingly evocative imagery that dynamically combines choreography, video, sound design and music, a house full of a thousand rooms – including an aquarium and a leafy hideaway – comes alive.

“Witty, sexy, and surreal” (The New Yorker), “Ingenious… magical and fascinating” (The New York Times). This engaging interactive installation invites participants of all ages to personally experience the magic of Bridgman|Packer Dance. In this video playground, participants' video images multiply and transform in scale, size, image and time. The live installation takes place in public spaces where video projections bring to life the architecture of the community.

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, artistic directors of Bridgman|Packer Dance, are known for their innovative work developing video partnering – the integration of live performance and video technology which has been acclaimed for its highly visual and visceral alchemy of the live and the virtual.

They are based in New York and have toured throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Central America, performing in festivals, art centres, universities. The 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to Bridgman and Packer was the first in the history of the Guggenheim Foundation to be given to two individuals for their collaborative work. Bridgman and Packer are also recipients of ten grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (2007-2017) and grants from New England Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, National Dance Project, USArtists International, Performing Americas Project, La Red, New York Foundation for the Arts and four National Performance Network Creation Fund Awards.

Bridgman and Packer have been guest artists at over one hundred universities including New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, California Institute of the Arts and Harvard University. Both are recipients of a Dance Theatre Workshop Digital Fellowship. They have been highlighted in Dance Magazine's issue on great partnerships. The duo’s work in live performance and video technology is featured in the book “Gegenwelten, Zwischen Differenz und Reflexion” (“Against Worlds, Between Difference and Reflection”) by Jurgen Schlader and Franziska Weber, published in Munich, 2009. Bridgman|Packer Dance's most recent New York performance was chosen as Best of 2016 in both The Village Voice and Huffington Post.

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