"Packer and Bridgman never cease expanding, vanishing and defying the laws of gravity under our astounded eyes."
La Presse, Montreal
LIVE PERFORMANCE AND VIDEO TECHNOLOGYDesigned for High School, College, or Professional Levels (5-7 days recommended)
This workshop examines the relationship of video and live performance from a choreographic point of view. We explore how video technology can become an integral part of the performance and the creative process; how it can offer a vital layering element in choreographic composition; and how it can add depth to the realization of the choreographic intent. Participants will work on short choreographic projects. Basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro or iMovie editing software is helpful but not required. Participants with or without a technological orientation are welcome. Requirements: A rehearsal space that can get a visual black-out and access to computers with editing software.
DANCE AND VIDEO WORKSHOP(1½ – 3 hours)
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer demonstrate and explain their choreographic process in working with video and live performance. The students participate by experimenting with several live camera angles, so that the movement performed can be simultaneously projected in ways that are surprising, fun, and innovative with emphasis on the relationship between the live performance and the video projections. This workshop is appropriate for all ages and levels of experience. Requirement: a studio or space that can achieve a visual blackout.
PARTNERING WORKSHOP(1½ - 2 hours, or designed for a longer residency)
The Partnering Workshop transmits Bridgman|Packer's approach to contemporary dance partnering for beginners through advanced performers. The class is non-gender specific, emphasizes the release and ease as well as the strength of partnering, and builds to develop exhilarating and risk-taking partnering in duet, trio and group forms.
"The forty students who attended the workshop were of varied dance levels and genres. I was impressed to see the success of your material for all of these students. Everyone was fully involved throughout, ending the experience in a kind of breathless glow. I also observed how carefully you structured the experience of touch for these students who were duet novices. They all seemed comfortable and ready for the next step as the class progressed."
Alice Trexler, Director of Dance
Dept. of Drama-Dance, Tufts University
CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUE CLASS(1½ hours)
A class that emphasizes breath, weight, dynamic physicality, and exhilarating movement while strengthening the connections in the body, and harnessing the body's power and momentum. Focus is on the connection to the floor, clarity of intent, and the building of performance skills.