2: The Art of the Duo – Bridgman|Packer Dance

July 13–16, 2016

Loreto Theater


Bridgman|Packer Dance in two New York premieres:
Voyeur and Remembering What Never Happened
July 13, 14, 16, 2016
7:30 pm


"An ingenious trompe l'oeil fusion of physical and video-image bodies...merged and then disappeared with magical and fascinating suddenness." The New York Times

Dance meets film meets virtual reality. Choreographers/Performers Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer's innovative work in “Video Partnering”—the integration of live performance and video technology—has been acclaimed for its highly visual blending of the live and the virtual.

Voyeur takes the paintings of Edward Hopper as its point of departure. 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. The creative team includes filmmaker Peter Bobrow, sound designers Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg, and lighting designer Frank DenDanto III.

In Remembering​ What Never Happened, memory slips seamlessly into imagination, becoming a constantly shifting territory of time, form, and perception. Bridgman and Packer merge with video projections of their images that morph and explode into digital re-interpretations of the human body; scenes shot on location in the Mojave Desert transform into surreal landscapes. Collaborators include Technology Designer Phillip Gulley, Lighting Designer Frank DenDanto III, and Sound Designer John Guth.

The evening also includes an interactive installation where, prior to the performance, the audience can enter the Voyeur set to explore the projections and live cameras.


Thursday, July 13 performance will feature a post-performance discussion with Bridgman|Packer moderated by Paul Galando

PaulGalandoImagePaul Galando is a media artist, educator, and executive working in collaborative digital film, technology and media development in the arts community, educational institutions, and corporate and non-profit organizations.  He is passionate about creating opportunities for movement media artists.  Paul is President and Chair of Education for Dance Films Association and Director of Dance & Digital Technology at Gibney Dance.  He is a founding faculty member and Director of Dance and New Media at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a department wide initiative and a MFA concentration designed to teach and encourage dancers’ involvement in all areas of digital media: filming stage works, creating film/dance and interactive work, multi-media collaborations, and internet-based art.  He teaches courses in the graduate and undergraduate divisions of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts covering academic, aesthetic, and technology subjects including: dance for the camera, dance and new media, live-filmmaking and streaming, digital portfolio development, creative coding for dance, virtual reality, and digital performance production.  He has created arts and media partnerships with leading organizations in the fields of dance; these include: Gibney Dance, New York City Ballet, The Merce Cunningham Trust, Lois Greenfield Studio, The Harkness Center for Dance at the 92Y, Martha Graham Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Center, New York Live Arts and the Dance Films Association / Film Society of Lincoln Center.   He has produced and directed films and live performances for major dance companies and artists around the world.  Paul is the head of the Dance and New Media Foundation, a non profit organization that facilitates research and provides grants & fellowships for dance students and media artists to work in innovative and groundbreaking practices.


2. Remembering What Never Happened   Bridgman Packer Dance

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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 Arts Center (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. The creation of this work is also made possible in part by a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Grant. 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.

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.