Friday & Saturday, August 16 & 17, 8:00pm
Advance Tickets: $35 general / $30 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $40 general / $35 members / $10 students
Myrna Packer and Art Bridgman, Artistic Directors of BRIDGMAN|PACKER DANCE, are Guggenheim Fellows and 2017 NY Dance and Performance Award recipients (The Bessies). Their collaborative work focuses on integrating live performance and video technology to blur the line between image and reality, explore identity, and reveal multiple layers of consciousness. They have received eleven National Endowment for the Arts Grants (2007-2019), four National Performance Network Creation Fund Awards, as well as grants from National Dance Project and New York Foundation for the Arts. Based in NYC, they have toured nationally and internationally.
Bridgman l Packer Dance will perform two works Table Bed Mirror and Voyeur
Table Bed Mirror, the latest in their genre-breaking integration of dance and video to the Chatham Dance Festival. This new work navigates through an illogical and fantastical night of dreams, following two people who are having the same dream. 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 sense of reality and flip assumptions upside down.
Voyeur pushes Bridgman|Packer’s exploration of the live and virtual into new territory choreographically, thematically, and technologically. With the paintings of Edward Hopper as a point of departure, this work bears witness to fragmented moments of private lives. In a departure from their past repertory, Voyeur is designed for performance in museums, galleries and alternative spaces, as well as for traditional theaters. It incorporates a multi-surfaced set made of hinged panels at various angles. Through the use of video projections, the set transforms, evoking imagery of both spatial and psychological enclosures as the performers are seen through the windows and doorway. The use of live cameras on stage creates multiple perspectives as the performers merge and collide with the video imagery. Stream-of-consciousness sequences evoke the light, time and place of Hopper’s work. The creative team includes filmmaker Peter Bobrow, sound designers Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg, and lighting designer Frank DenDanto III.
“gorgeous, and deeply moving.”
– Huffington Post, NYC
“In an age overrun with virtual dancing, the team of Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer stands out…by turns, witty, sexy and surreal.”
– The New Yorker
“Breathtaking brilliance…one is left spellbound with the feeling of having walked into a dream.”
– Theater Jones, Dallas, TX