Art Bridgman/Myrna Packer
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, Artistic Directors of Bridgman|Packer Dance, have collaborated as performers and choreographers since 1978. Their innovative work developing "Video Partnering" — the integration of live performance and video technology — has been acclaimed for its highly visual and visceral alchemy of the live and the virtual.
The 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to Bridgman and Packer was the first in the history of the Guggenheim Foundation to be given to two individuals for their collaborative work. Bridgman and Packer are recipients of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for eight consecutive years from 2007 through 2014 and grants from New England Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, National Dance Project, USArtists International, Performing Americas Project, and La Red. They have received two Choreography Fellowships and a BUILD grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, four National Performance Network Creation Fund Awards, and choreographic commissions from Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Portland Ovations, Danspace Project, the 92nd Street Y New Works in Dance Fund, and Dance New Amsterdam.
Based in New York City, they have been presented by City Center Fall For Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Performance Space 122, Dance New Amsterdam, and Central Park's Summerstage.
They have toured throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central America, performing in festivals, art centers, and universities. These include:
Spoleto Festival USA
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Munich International Dance Festival
The Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (St. Paul)
Festival Internacional de Artes Escenicas (Panama)
Aronoff Center for the Arts (Cincinnati)
Bates Dance Festival
Kintetsu Theater (Osaka, Japan)
Festival Internacional Chihuahua, Encuentro en la Cultura (Mexico)
Bridgman and Packer have been guest artists at over one hundred universities including New York
University's Tisch School of the Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Ohio State University, Arizona
State University, and the University of Utah. Bridgman and Packer are recipients of a Dance Theater
Workshop Digital Fellowship. They have been highlighted in Dance Magazine's issue on “Great
Partnerships”. Their work in live performance and video technology is featured in the book
Gegenwelten, Zwischen Differenz und Reflexion (Against Worlds, Between Difference and Reflection)
by Jurgen Schlader and Franziska Weber, published in Munich in 2009.