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Bridgman | Packer Dance
Friday, August 16, 8:00 pm
These Guggenheim Fellows in Choreography and 2017 Bessie Award winners have pioneered and continue to push the boundaries of live performance and video technology. 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. BRIDGMAN|PACKER DANCE will be performing two works at PS21: “Table Bed Mirror” and “Voyeur.”
“Table Bed Mirror,” the latest in their genre-breaking integration of dance and video navigates through an illogical and fantastical night of a shared dream between two people. Live performance, video, text, and sound score create an absurdist collage that intends to confound the sense of reality and flip assumptions upside down.
“Table Bed Mirror” began with our experimenting with tables in different configurations and orientations using them as video projection screens,” Packer said. “The transformative nature of this experimentation brought us into an exploration of the dream state and the neuroscience of dreams.”
“Voyeur” pushes Bridgman|Packer’s exploration of the live and virtual into new territory choreographically, thematically, and technologically. American realist painter Edward Hopper’s artistic world of color, light, perspective, and under-the-surface eroticism is the point of departure for this piece that combines video projections and live cameras on stage. This 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.
During intermission the audience is invited up on stage to interact with the cameras and projections on the set of “Voyeur” This playful interaction adds another level to the experience and allows the audience to see firsthand how BRIDGMAN|PACKER DANCE uses both live and prerecorded projections in their work.