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Dance Theater Workshop, NYC

One of this country's preeminent performing arts institutions, Dance Theater Workshop remains vigorously committed to maintaining its uncompromising mission: to identify and nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists working in diverse cultural contexts; to stimulate a broader audience and public context for these artists and their work; and to offer opportunities for these artists by providing an interactive community laboratory for the imagination and its essential, practical application to the world around us.

The Digital ARM fellow program

The Digital Artist Resource and Media (ARM) Fellows are a peer group of artists, researchers and technologists whose work and process explores the hybrid spaces between the performing arts and technology. The Digital Fellows Program at Dance Theater Workshop provides a nurturing environment of group mentoring, constructive feedback and monetary support -- all elements crucial to the growth of the artistic process. Over the course of one year the Fellows work on individual projects and participate in DTW sponsored public forums that discuss the practical and creative uses of digital technology.

DTW Digital Fellows are selected by a panel and awarded a one-year fellowship that includes a monetary stipend, open access to the ARM Lab and a presentation of their work in DTW’s state-of-the-art Doris Duke Performance Center.

Dance Theater Workshop's Digital Fellowship Program is supported, in part, by funds from the Surdna Foundation and Altria Group, Inc.

Andrea Haenggi/AMDaT

An experiment for the new work correre I +II

Choreographer and visual artist Andrea Haenggi will perform with one of her Company AMDaT members, Tori Sparks, one facet of correre I+II, incorporating movement, visual imagery and architecture. correre I + II continues Haenggi’s artistic investigation into ordinary architectural spaces, this time looking at corridors. Pre-recorded projections and live video projection from surveillance cameras come together to create an ever-changing world, where the dance drives the visual imagery and the visual imagery drives the dance.

Andrea Haenggi, a native of Switzerland based in New York City, is known for her innovative “visual motion constructions.” Winner of a 2005 digital fellowship from Dance Theater Workshop, she has toured with her company AMDaT to Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and the Czech Republic.

Bridgman/Packer Dance

Excerpts from UNDER THE SKIN

UNDER THE SKIN is a visually arresting, densely layered work of integrated live performance and video. Through a dynamic alchemy of the real and the virtual identities distort and re-emerge.  The performers’ bodies and costumes become video projection screens, allowing them to morph, shatter, and switch identities, conjuring hidden psychological depths, multiple layers of consciousness, and the undercurrents that run through intimacy. These evocative transformations play out in sensuous, intensely physical partnering and surprising shifts of scale.

The commissioned music is by Boston based composer/saxophonist Ken Field who created a highly charged score of resounding brass and intricate rhythms. He will be performing live in this show.

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer have choreographed and performed together since1978. Based in NYC, there work has been presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, Performance Space 122, Central Park's Summerstage, and The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival.

They have toured throughout the United States, performing in venues including Spoleto Festival USA, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Florida Dance Festival, Dance Umbrella in Boston, Dance St. Louis, Bates Dance Festival, and Philadelphia's Annenberg Center, Walker Art Center, and Cincinnati's Aronoff Center. Bridgman and Packer have been guest artists at more than 150 universities and  have appeared abroad in Scotland, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, China, El Salvador, Panama, and Honduras.

Grants and Commissions include: National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, NEA Dance Company Grants, Choreography Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, five "First Light" Commissions from Dance Theater Workshop in NYC with funding from the Jerome Foundation, National Performance Network’s Creation Fund commission, and a 2005 NYFA BUILD Grant.

Peter Kirn

Excerpts from Anatomia: Real-Time Movement Animation

Employing custom systems for translating live movement into sound and three-dimensional imagery, this project layers organic visual and musical worlds atop movement in real-time. The body becomes a three-dimensional paintbrush, an actor in organic simulations of natural phenomena, and the skeleton of moving sculptures rendered in projections and sound.

Peter Kirn's acoustic and electroacoustic music, and work with interactive digital media and video has been presented in Korea, Canada, France, and throughout the US, including an ongoing collaboration with choreographer Christopher Williams. Kirn is also a frequent lecturer and writer on digital media; his book Real World Digital Audio was recently published by Peachpit Press. He is completing a PhD in Music Composition at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where he studied with Tania Leon.