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An innovative integration of choreography and video technology, where image and reality collide
Dance meets film meets altered reality: Ghost Factory is the latest in Bridgman|Packer Dance's body of acclaimed and genre-breaking work that features their “Video Partnering”— the integration of live performance and video technology. Inspired by the residents and vast deserted factories of Johnson City, an upstate New York town, Ghost Factory is a compelling work that reveals remnants of a past era through a contemporary lens. Live performance merges with haunting video imagery of abandoned factory buildings, evoking the humanity these spaces once held.
With choreography and performance by the award-winning duo Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, the creative team also includes filmmaker Peter Bobrow, lighting designer Frank DenDanto III, and composer/sound designer Ansel Bobrow.
In conjunction with the stage performance, there is an accompanying audio/visual installation entitled "Places With Hidden Stories" that further brings alive the stories of residents of Johnson City as well as those of Palo Alto. Parallels will be drawn between the histories and cultures of these two historic (manufacturing) towns. The installation and the stage work reveal how architecture can hold a town's human stories hidden within its walls.
- 7:00–7:30 PM | Self-guided viewing of the "Places With Hidden Stories" video installation at the Koch Gallery, in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall lobby
- 7:30–8:20 PM | "Ghost Factory" dance performance in the Arts Hall
- 8:20–8:40 PM | Post-performance Q&A with the artists
- 8:40–9:00 PM | "Places With Hidden Stories" video installation will be open for viewing in the Koch Gallery after the dance performance and Q&A. Our bar will be open. Let's schmooze!
"Breathtaking and movingly beautiful." ~TheatreScene.Net
"The boundary between reality and imagination is brilliantly blurred…Welcome to the future of dance." ~Star Tribune, Minneapolis
"Gorgeous and deeply moving." ~HuffPost
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, Artistic Directors of Bridgman|Packer Dance, are Guggenheim Fellows and 2017 NY Dance and Performance Award recipients (The Bessies). Their collaborative work focuses on integratng live performance and video technology in order to blur the line between image and reality, explore identity and reveal multple layers of consciousness. They are also recipients of four Natonal Performance Network Creation Fund Awards and numerous grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (2007–2021), National Dance Project, New York State Council for the Arts, and New York Foundation for the Arts.
In New York City they have been presented by Lincoln Center, City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Central Park Summer stage, The Sheen Center, 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, The Middle East and Central America in festivals including Munich International Dance Festival, Festival Internacional de Artes Escenicas (Panama), Kintetsu Theater (Osaka, Japan), Festival Internacional Chihuahua (Mexico), The Beirut Spring Festival (Lebanon), Highfest International Performing Arts Festival (Yerevan, Armenia), and Tancforum (Budapest). For more information, visit bridgmanpacker.org and follow them on Instagram @bridgmanpackerdance.
For ages 15+
Saturday, October 21
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)
Free parking is available through the entry on Fabian Way
Contact: Michelle Shabtai | [email protected]