Bridgman|Packer Dance is coming back to Stonington next week - July 16-19 - and they're bringing two fantastic productions with them. We asked them to talk a little about their new work...
We are excited to be returning to Opera House Arts, bringing Remembering What Never Happened and Truck, two works that we have created since we were at the Opera House in 2013. It is particularly exciting that Opera House Arts is a co-commissioner of Remembering What Never Happened through a National Performance Network Creation Fund Award. We so appreciate the support!
These two works are an expansion of our work integrating live performance and video technology. Remembering What Never Happened looks at the intersection of memory and imagination, at how our memories transform over time. In a departure from past work, our use of video on stage moves from photo realism to a more surreal palette. We interact with video projections of our images that morph and explode into digital re-interpretations of the human body, while scenes shot on location in the Mojave Desert transform into strange and unreal landscapes. Memory becomes a constantly shifting territory as we delve into the changeable nature of time, form, perception, and identity.
Our work Truck is also about transformation, this time of an environment. The work is designed to be performed in a 17 foot box truck, which evolves from an ordinary and utilitarian vehicle into a re-imagined space. Altered use of a space has always interested us. We lived for years in a loft in NYC that used to be a factory, and we currently rehearse in a studio created in a barn. We are excited that performing in a truck also brings performance to unexpected locations. Truck can be performed anywhere that a truck can be parked. Besides being part of our evening performances at the Opera House, Truck will be presented at several other sites during the week that we are in Stonington. Look for us!