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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 repertory program. Big Dance: Short Form presents the company’s unique blend of dance-theater on an intimate scale, with a fifteen-minute birthday party at its center. Intermission will never be the same.
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, each a New York premiere, 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.
January 6–9 and 13–16, 8pm
Co-directed and conceived by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Lighting by Joe Levasseur
Costumes by Oana Botez and Suzanne Bocanegra
Sound by Tei Blow
Visual Design by Joanne Howard
Video by Jeff Larson
Performed by Tymberly Canale, Elizabeth DeMent, Paul Lazar, Jennie Liu,
Aaron Mattocks, and Enrico D. Wey.
There will be a post-show, talk-back with Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar moderated by Tim Griffin on Wednesday, January 13.
Related event: Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar will take part in a free event at 5pm on Saturday, January 9 with Ugly Duckling Presse about the work of Tatsumi Hijikata, who inspired one of the pieces in Big Dance: Short Form. More details here.
Big Dance: Short Form premiered on November 6, 2015 at American Dance Institute (ADI), as part of ADI’s Incubator program, and was developed in part during residencies at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and The Kitchen. A creative residency was also provided by the Chocolate Factory Theater, as part of the Hatchery Project, with lead support by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional funding by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Big Dance: Short Form is made possible, in part, by the Irving Harris Foundation, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Big Dance Theater performers' salaries at The Kitchen are supported, in part, by the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation. Additionally, the production received funding from the Starry Night Fund; the W Trust; the McGue Millhiser Family Trust; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program; and was also funded, in part, by the Big Dance Theater Creation Circle, lead individual contributors committed to the development and support of the company’s newest works: Jill Abbott, Anthony Bowe, Lisa Lee, and Martha Sherman.
The Kitchen's presentation of Big Dance: Short Form is made possible with support from Howard Gilman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, and The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photo: Liz Lynch, courtesy of ADI.
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