Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer have choreographed and performed collaboratively since 1978. Decades later, they continue to be a vital and present voice in the dance ecosystem. In 2001 they expanded their choreographic vision, stretching the boundaries of dance on stage by merging it with video technology, creating a groundbreaking metaphoric tool for portraying thoughts and memories, challenging the sense of reality. They continue to receive international critical praise for seamlessly melding these two art forms. In the summer of 2018, they created their first stand-alone film in collaboration with drone camera cinematographer Gavin Preuss.
In NYC they have been presented by Lincoln Center, City Center Fall for Dance, and Baryshnikov Arts Center and toured to festivals including Spoleto USA, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Munich International Festival, Beirut Spring Festival (Lebanon), and Tancforum (Budapest). They have taught workshops in their unique approach to Dance and Technology at over 150 universities including NYU Tisch, Juilliard, and Bates College.
Bridgman and Packer received a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, the first in the foundation’s history given to two individuals for collaborative work, an NDP Touring Award (2013), 3 NEFA Expedition Grants, and 4 NPN Creation Fund Awards. Their work Voyeur was awarded a 2017 Bessie for Outstanding Production and was chosen Best of 2016 by Village Voice and Huffington Post and Best of 2017 by TheaterJones.com.
After many years of integrating live performance with video technology on stage, it was exciting to us to create this stand-alone film with drone-camera cinematographer Gavin Preuss. The drone camera’s potential for exciting perspectives, distances, and angles fed both our cinematic and choreographic choices.