Hillsborough Community College Dance Presents Remembering What Never Happened and Under the Skin Performed by Bridgman Packer Dance
ABOUT THE WORK
Remembering What Never Happened
The intersection of memory and imagination is at the core of Bridgman|Packer Dance's new work, Remembering What Never Happened. In this expansion of their signature integration of live performance and video technology, memory becomes a constantly shifting territory as they delve into the changeable nature of time, form, perception, and identity. Bridgman and Packer interact with video projections of their images that morph and explode into digital re-interpretations of the human body, while scenes shot on location in the Mojave Desert transform into surreal landscapes.
In a departure from their past work, this piece incorporates simultaneous computer video processing, with time-delay and image-altering capabilities. Multiple video images appear and evaporate in response to the performers’ movements and evolve from photo realism to strokes of abstraction. The work rides the line between the constant and the shifting, the tangible and the subconscious, while exploring the plasticity of memory and experience.
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.
Under the Skin
In Under The Skin, the duet form explodes into a magically populated stage as Bridgman and Packer interchange with their ever-multiplying virtual selves. The performers' bodies and costumes become projection screens, creating a morphing and redefinition of identities and revealing psychological depths. The original score of layered saxophones and driving rhythms was created by composer/saxophonist Ken Field.
Under The Skin is a co-commissioning project by Contemporary Dance Theater of Cincinnati in partnership with The Dance Place of Washington, D.C. and the National Performance Network Creation Fund. The NPN Creation Fund is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Altria, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The creation of Under The Skin was supported by funds from the 92nd Street Y New Works in Dance Fund.
"The most thrilling dance work this reviewer has seen in recent memory...flat-out exhilarating."
The Boston Globe
ABOUT Bridgman and Packer
Over the last 14 years, Bridgman and Packer have developed "Video Partnering" : the interaction of live performance and video technology, with the video elements playing an essential role in the performance dynamic. At this event, they will describe the development of their work with technology and its influence on their choreography and creative process in a dynamic presentation augmented with video. The event will culminate in a live video demonstration that can include audience members who are interested in participating in an interactive video experience.
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer are Guggenheim Fellows and recipients of numerous grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, National Performance Network, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. They are based in NYC and have toured their work extensively both nationally and internationally.
All tickets are $10. All HCC students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with valid ID. The box office opens an hour prior to the performance.
The Mainstage Theatre is in the performing arts building of the Ybor City Campus. It is located at the corner of E Palm Ave and N 14th Street (Avenida Republica de Cuba).
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