May 3, 2021

Experiments: The Pigeon & The Mouse

La MaMa Experiments Play Reading Series

The Pigeon & The Mouse

A Welcome to Campfire Production

Created, Directed, and Performed by Tony Bordonaro & Ingrid Kapteyn

Series Director: Matt Nasser

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At the intersection of dance and theater, abstraction and narrative, sci-fi and fable, The Pigeon & The Mouse is a love story about leaving home. Adapted since its evening-length premiere in January 2020 to live on within the constraints of the global COVID-19 pandemic, including on the outdoor terrace of a midtown apartment complex and behind The Empty Circle art gallery's glass storefront in Gowanus, the danceplay finally finds its most intimate, accessible, and enduring form in the exquisite camerawork and editing of filmmaker (and former dancer) Daniel Robinson.

The Pigeon & The Mouse
A Welcome to Campfire Production

Created, Directed, and Performed by Tony Bordonaro & Ingrid Kapteyn
Produced in Partnership with the Empty Circle Gallery
Cinematography and Editing by Daniel Robinson
Assistance on Set by Josh Green
Sound Design by Marc Cardarelli
Logo by Andrew Hodge Logo
Logo Animation by Michael Suyeda


Tony Bordonaro

is a choreographer, director, performer, and teaching artist based in NYC. As a performer Tony has performed in the hit Off-Broadway show “Sleep No More” from 2011-2016 and in the original casts of immersive shows “The Unbrunch”, “The Lost Supper”, and “Sleep No More” Shanghai, as well as in commercials, television, and film. His company work includes HT Chen & Dancers, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and Douglas DUNN & Dancers, and he was a founding member of all-male repertory company 10HL.
His choreographies for video include the short “Rat” directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, the Oscars® winning student film “Opera of Cruelty”, music videos, and commercials for companies OPPO (documentary Ad “Bring Creativity to Reality”) and WOM. He was awarded a choreographic residency and fellowship with Mare Nostrum Elements’ Emerging Choreographers Series and NEWSTEPS’ Emerging Choreographers Series. Tony’s love for physical storytelling is the driving force behind his solo work and collaborations like “Passport”, a performance art piece with Guggenheim fellow Robert Whitman, and Welcome to Campfire’s newest piece “The Pigeon & The Mouse” which premiered in January 2020.
As a dance teaching artist he has taught master classes at many studios and universities and was a Part-Time Lecturer at Rutgers University and Adjunct Faculty at LIU-Brooklyn. Tony holds a BFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and is represented by MSA Agency. He is also a lifelong student and teacher of Yoga.



Ingrid Kapteyn

is an international performer, creator, collaborator, teacher, and student of listening with a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. She swings nine roles in Punchdrunk's hit immersive show “Sleep No More” NYC, and she spent 2017 building and performing a new version of “Sleep No More” in Shanghai.
As a performer, Ingrid has also worked with Brian Brooks, Danielle Russo, and The Metropolitan Opera, and she was an actor in MacArthur award winner Martha Clarke's “Angel Reapers” at The Signature Theatre in 2016 along with Clarke’s ongoing “GOD’S FOOL” workshop.
As a choreographer and director, Ingrid has created, self-produced, and performed evening-length productions in New York and in China, including “Humans Within Structure”, “Once we're lit”, and “This Is Nothing Without You” with her collaborative collective HEWMAN; “POP” with fellow Shanghai castmates; and “CAMPFIRE” and “The Pigeon & The Mouse” with Tony. She cofounded HEWMAN with Jason Collins and James Lindsay Harwell in 2014 to reimagine the traditional model of a dance company run by one choreographer by engaging individual artists with distinct voices to collaborate as equals in creative process.
As a teacher, Ingrid has offered master classes, workshops, and seminars internationally, including for Juilliard Global Ventures/Nord Anglia Education (in Shanghai, Dubai, Switzerland, Qatar, and NYC), New York University’s School of Medicine, FRESH Dance Intensive, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Princeton and Bucknell Universities. In 2016, she served as Assistant to the Artistic Director of Springboard Danse Montréal.



Tony & Ingrid

first met while performing in Sleep No More NYC in 2013. They later spent a year together in China as part of the original cast of Sleep No More Shanghai. They have since collaborated to conceive, create, direct, and perform three evening-length productions of two original danceplays in Shanghai and New York City.
Tony and Ingrid’s first creation, CAMPFIRE, tested the limits of human empathy through a story about the last two people on earth. They premiered it with a run of sold out shows in an office space in downtown Shanghai that was still under construction, where the audience moved with them through an entire gutted floor of a building strewn with rubble and debris.
Tony and Ingrid next presented CAMPFIRE in The Tank's intimate 56-seat blackbox in midtown Manhattan, with a two-part immersive scent sculpture that diffused toxic-seeming metallic notes into the hint of campfire embers.
A year later, Tony and Ingrid premiered a kind of alternate-universe prequel to CAMPFIRE called the Pigeon & The Mouse in a raw, vacant retail space near Grand Central Station. It is a love story about leaving home.

Experiments Play Reading Series


For the 23rd season of La MaMa Experiments we will focus on theatrical works in progress addressing mental health issues. No one is more familiar with the need to create greater access to mental healthcare than our New York audience, who come face to face with this crisis on a daily basis. After 3 years of a global pandemic, all of us are feeling the upsurge of anxiety and depression, but these trends have been on the rise long before Covid-19. The works this season shed light on important, personal stories and deal with this subject matter in many different and unique ways. From tongue in cheek comedies to absurdist tragedies, Experiments hopes to create a season that will destigmaify, enlighten and, yes, even entertain.

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