BIG DANCE: SHORT FORM is Big Dance Theater, distilled. For its 25th anniversary, BDT returns to its dance roots in an evening of short-form works, theatrically re-imagining the conventions of a “rep show”, 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 will create performance events 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.
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.
Producer Aaron Mattocks
Video by Shannon Braine, courtesy of ADI
Big Dance: Short Form premiered on November 6, 2015 at American Dance Institute (ADI), as part of ADI’s Incubator program.
Big Dance: Short Form was developed in part during a residency 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.
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.