Big Dance Theater

Big Dance: Short Form

Big Dance: Short Form is Big Dance Theater, distilled. BDT returns to its dance roots for its 25th anniversary celebration, theatrically re-imagining the conventions of a dance repertory ... More

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Big Dance: Short Form is Big Dance Theater, distilled. BDT returns to its dance roots for its 25th anniversary celebration, theatrically re-imagining the conventions of a dance repertory program and presenting the company’s unique blend of dance-theater on an intimate scale.

Inspired by disciplines of the concise — novellas, folk tales, diary entries, pencil drawings, thumbnail sketches and the single page of a notebook — Big Dance performs five distinct short works, that embrace the brief, granular, close range, anecdotal and microscopic. Downsizing is prized. Solos, duets, and group work feature the beloved, veteran Big Dance performers who, under the artistic leadership of Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, have honed a distinctive performance style that has influenced the downtown scene in NYC for the last 25 years.

Filmed at The Debra and Kevin Rollins Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts
Presented by the Fusebox Festival

  • Performance: April 7, 2016

  • Venue: The Debra and Kevin Rollins Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts | Austin, TX

  • Duration: 51 min

  • Posted: Sep 26, 2016

Cast & Credits

BIG DANCE THEATER 
Artistic DirectorsPaul Lazar and Annie-B Parson
Co-FounderMolly Hickok
Producing DirectorAaron Mattocks
Company ManagerSara Procopio
Administration ManagementArtspool
Production Stage ManagerBrendan Regimbal
Associate Sound DesignerEben Hoffer
Assistant Company ManagerGenée Coreno
Costume constructionLydia Gay, Talla Dia, Rosa Lumagbas, Jacy Barber, Karen Boyer
  
SUMMER FOREVER 
Performed by Tymberly Canale
Choreography Annie-B Parson
Sound Tei Blow
Lighting Joe Levasseur
Costume Oana Boetz
Voiceover Cynthia Hopkins
Text(s) Mark Twain, Sibyl Kempson


SHORT RIDE OUT (3): HE RIDES OUT
Performed byAaron Mattocks
Choreography Annie-B Parson
Music Tei Blow and Eben Hoffer
LightingJoe Levasseur
CostumeOana Botez
  
RESPLENDENT SHIMMERING TOPAZ WATERFALL 
Performed byPaul Lazar and Tymberly Canale
ChoreographyAnnie-B Parson
SoundJoe Levasseur
CostumesSuzanne Bocanegra
  
GOATS 
Performed byTymberly Canale, Elizabeth DeMent, Jennie Liu, Aaron Mattocks, and Enrico D. Wey
Created byAnnie-B Parson and Paul Lazar
SoundAnnie-B Parson and Tei Blow
Additional MusicBrunk / Bert Banden Berghe
LightingJoe Levasseur
CostumersOana Botez
  
 

About The Artist

Founded in 1991, Big Dance Theater is known for its inspired use of dance, music, text and visual design. The company often works with wildly incongruent source material, weaving and braiding disparate strands into multi-dimensional performance. Led by Co-Artistic Directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, Big Dance has delved into the literary work of such authors as Twain, Tanizaki, Wellman, Euripides and Flaubert, and dance is used as both frame and metaphor to theatricalize these writings. For 25 years, Big Dance Theater has worked to create over 20 dance/theater works, generating each piece over months of collaboration with its associate artists, a long-standing, ever-evolving group of actors, dancers, composers and designers.

Big Dance Theater received New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards in 2002 and 2010; the company was awarded an OBIE in 2000 and BDT company members have received 5 other “Bessie” Awards and an OBIE award for their work with Big Dance. In 2007 the company received the first-ever Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. Big Dance Theater has been presented around the world including France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Brazil and Germany and in the USA in venues including: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, City Center Fall for Dance, The Performing Garage, New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory, Classic Stage Company, Japan Society, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Walker Art Center, Yerba Buena, On the Boards, UCLA Live, and The Spoleto Festival. Most recent commissions have been from Les Subsistances, Lyon; Chaillot/National Theater, Paris; The Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Walker Art Center.

Photo: Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar by Ike Edeani