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“It’s hard to do justice to the freewheeling brilliance of Big Dance Theatre.” — The New York Times
OBIE & Bessie award-winning company, Big Dance Theatre brings two North American premieres and a beloved solo to the NYU Skirball stage.
The Road Awaits Us
Based loosely on an absurdist play by Ionesco, in this North American premiere, Annie-B Parson stages a birthday party for a company of esteemed dance elders, including Bebe Miller, Meg Harper, Keith Sabado, Sheryl Sutton, George Faison, Betsy Gregory, Brian Bertscher, and Black-Eyed Susan. This piece was originally created for Sadler’s Wells Elixir Co.
Annie-B Parson takes on ballet with her own choreographic voice. Drawing from her experience of watching and re-watching Balanchine’s Agon as well as the novel The Complete Ballet by John Haskell, she creates a duet from the imagery, the fundamental actions, the objects, and the narratives of ballet traditions.
Cage Shuffle: redux
Back by popular demand, this solo features Paul Lazar speaking a series of one-minute lectures by John Cage from his 1963 score “Indeterminacy,” while simultaneously performing a complex choreographic score by Annie-B Parson.
Under the Artistic Direction of Annie-B Parson, Big Dance Theater (BDT) creates original works which mix dance, music and visual design with literary and found text. Founded in 1991, the company has received numerous commissions from BAM, The Walker Arts Center, National Theatre of Paris/ Chaillot and The Old Vic/London among others. BDT received two Bessie Awards, an OBIE, a Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, a Franky Award, and was honored by PS 122. The company received its first commission from Dance Theater Workshop in 1991 and has worked with collaborators that include Anne Carson, Jonathan Demme, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. bigdancetheater.org