Big Dance Theater
Directed by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar
Choreography by Annie-B Parson and the company
Astronauts, Bolsheviks, and middle-American families mingle on a stage littered with lawn chairs, telephones, fur coats, and pistols in this collision of early-20th-century Moscow, midcentury Paris, and late-20th-century Houston. Big Dance Theater directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar sample fragments of iconic film scripts and novels, divorced from their narrative contexts, to create a kinetic collage of political rhetoric, pathos, paranoia, and suburban love. With a titular nod to the Hollywood pseudonym for directors who disavow their work after creative interference, Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature contemplates the slippery nature of creative control, history, its fictions, and the inextricable link between the personal and the historical.
Scenery by Joanne Howard
Lighting by Joe Levasseur
Costumes by Oana Botez
Sound by Tei Blow
Video by Jeff Larson
Big Dance Theater weaves music, text, and dance into seamless theatrical wholes.