BRENDAN DUGGAN CHOREOGRAPHY
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THE BRIDGE

THE BRIDGE

The Bridge is an evening-length dance performance commissioned by SALT Contemporary Dance based on the short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce.  The story follows a young man, Peyton, seduced by the illusion of wartime glory and convinced to burn down Owl Creek Bridge, a tactical stronghold.  Peyton’s selfish choices weigh heavily on the scales of fate, distancing loved ones and eventually sentencing him to be hanged from the bridge he aimed to destroy.  The Bridge focuses on moments of choice and how we reflect on our past decisions, neglecting a strict linear narration and guiding us through a chaotic stream of consciousness as Peyton seeks redemption.  At the final moment of judgment, how does regret surface? If we were able to go back in time, could we change our fate? If not, can we redeem ourselves before we run out of time? As a battle for survival becomes a battle for self, Peyton’s visions of reality become distorted, his inner demons taking physical form, and his judgment on full display. The Bridge identifies one moment of time, our turning point, where lives are changed forever, and follows a haunted man searching for a new fate.   

Premiering in November 2018 at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus, The Bridge represents the third collaboration between Brendan and SALT Dance and their most extensive creation yet.  

COLLABORATORS

Andrew Maxfield - Production / Musical Composition

Stuart Maxfield - Musical Composition and Performance

Candice Nielsen - Costume Design

Cristian Bell - Set Design

Jaron Kent Hermansen - Lighting Design