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.
Dance meets film meets virtual reality: Bridgman|Packer Dance will present Voyeur, their highly acclaimed work that received a 2017 New York Dance and Performance Award (The Bessies). Voyeur features Bridgman|Packer Dance’s “Video Partnering”— the integration of live performance and video technology. Voyeur is inspired by artist Edward Hopper’s world of color, light, perspective, and under-the-surface eroticism. Fragmented moments of private lives are witnessed through windows and doorways. As the performers merge and collide with the video imagery, the presence of a seen or unseen viewer lies at the heart of Voyeur.
Voyeur will be paired with Bridgman|Packer Dance’s Table Bed Mirror, the latest in their genre-breaking integration of dance and video. 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.
Saturday, March 9 at 7:00pm
Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center
100 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557