September 30, 2012

Edward Hopper in a whole new light

Portland Ovations launches its 2012-13 season with 'Voyeur,' a multi-media/motion piece created by Bridgman | Packer Dance and inspired by the great American painter.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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In “Voyeur,” dancers will perform in front of and behind the set, with cameras projecting live images to the audience when they perform out of view of a door or window. The audience will also see projected footage shot in and around Portland.

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In “Voyeur,” dancers will perform in front of and behind the set, with cameras projecting live images to the audience when they perform out of view of a door or window. The audience will also see projected footage shot in and around Portland.

IF YOU GO

“VOYEUR”

BY BRIDGMAN | PACKER DANCE; PRESENTED BY PORTLAND OVATIONS

WHEN: 6, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m. Friday; 2, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: ICA at MECA, 522 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: portlandovations.org; bridgmanpacker.org

WHAT ELSE: From 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Ovations Offstage will present an inter-media panel discussion at ICA with Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer; ICA director Daniel Fuller; Owen Smith, new media director of Intermedia MFA at the University of Maine, Orono; and Ling-Wen Tsai, associate professor of sculpture at MECA.

Added Packer, "Some of these locations will be recognizable to people, and some might not be. Peter (the filmmaker) likes to blend locations, so they become composites of different locations and multiple elements."

The couple had a great time exploring the city.

"We filmed all day for several days, but the last hour or two before sunset, our activity level would increase," Bridgman said. "We would race from place to place capturing what Peter calls 'the magic hour,' when the shadows get long and the light gets nuanced moment by moment."

The performance piece lasts about 32 minutes.

Before each performance, the set will be open for exploration. The audience is encouraged to come up on stage to walk around the set to get a feeling for the physical space.

Bridgman | Packer will perform three times on Friday in the large back gallery of the ICA at MECA, and again three times on Saturday.

Given the visual art connection, it seemed appropriate to stage it in a gallery setting, Packer said.

From Portland, it will travel throughout New England into 2013. As part of the commissioning process, Portland Ovations secured a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts to help support the tour.

Petrin supported this piece on many levels.

She has always enjoyed working with Bridgman | Packer, and likes the idea of encouraging new work.

But the clincher was the Maine connection.

"The beautiful thing is that Maine is in the piece," Petrin said. "That's what's really exciting -- not only supporting artists in the creation of this piece, but Maine has a starring role."

Staff Writer Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or:

bkeyes@pressherald.com

Twitter: pphbkeyes

 

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