U.S. Bank Plaza
Saturday, May 6 at 12:00pm | 12:30pm | 2:15pm | 2:45pm | 3:15pm
Sunday, May 7 at 1:00pm | 1:30pm | 2:00pm | 2:30pm | 3:00pm
Through Bridgman|Packer’s signature integration of live performance and video technology, an ordinary box truck evolves from the utilitarian into a reimagined space, a micro-world of visions and transformation. Exploring how context changes perception, the work ranges from evocative to humorous, to sensuous, to wacky. Parts of Truck were developed during a Fellowship at Experimental Film Virginia 2014. The work was premiered in August, 2014 at the Harbor for the Arts Festival, Cape Charles, VA. Truck is designed to be performed inside a 17-foot U-Haul truck, bringing performance to nontraditional and unexpected locations.
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, collaborators in choreography and performance and Co-Artistic Directors of Bridgman|Packer Dance, are known for their work integrating live performance and video technology. In New York City they have been presented by Lincoln Center, City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Central Park Summerstage, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Bridgman|Packer Dance has toured throughout the United States performing at festivals and art centers, including Spoleto Festival USA, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Florida Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Dance St. Louis, and Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center. They have appeared abroad in Europe, Asia, and Central America in festivals including Munich International Dance Festival, Festival Internacional de Artes Escenicas (Panama), Kintetsu Theater (Osaka, Japan), Festival Internacional Chihuahua (Mexico), and Tancforum (Budapest). Bridgman and Packer have been guest artists at more than 150 universities, including California Institute of the Arts, Ohio State University, Arizona State University, and the University of Utah.
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. They are also recipients of a 2013 National Dance Project Touring Award, ten National Endowment for the Arts Grants (2007-2017), three New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions Touring Grant, two Choreography Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a New York State Council for the Arts Grant, and four National Performance Network’s Creation Fund Awards. They have received five “First Light” Commissions from Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), a Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative, as well as commissions from Dance New Amsterdam, the 92nd Street Y New Works in Dance, and Portland Ovations. Their international touring has been supported by USArtists International, the Performing Americas Project, the National Performance Network, and La Red de Promotores CentroAmericana y El Caribe.
Their work in live performance and video technology is featured in the 2009 book Gegenwelten, Zwischen Differenz und Reflexion (Against Worlds, Between Difference and Reflection) by Jurgen Schlader and Franziska Weber, published in Munich.