Alongside the Wooster Group, Big Dance Theater is one of New York’s most innovative performance companies, and is appearing in Berlin for the first time. Choreographer Annie-B Parson and actor Paul Lazar have directed the ensemble since 1991 as a creative workshop for the interaction of dance, literature, film and multimedia.
Pathos and politics: in their most recent work, Alan Smithee Directed This Play , a German premiere, the piece is set in a ever changing landscape sourced from films and literature of revolutionary Moscow, the cold war, 1970s suburban America. Seven performers enact a masterful combination of precise acting and fragmented dances. This highly choreographed theatre merges past and future into an absurd, bizarre panorama of the artificiality of memory and history.
The company’s over 20 productions have won many prizes, including two Bessie Awards and an OBIE. Big Dance Theater has worked with well-known artists such as Brian Eno, David Byrne and Mikhail Baryshnikov. PS: Alan Smithee is a pseudonym used by American film producers after they lose (intentionally or otherwise) the director of a film. Video trailer:
Alan Smithee Directed This Play is a production of Big Dance Theater, Inc. It was co-commissioned by Les Subsistances in Lyon, France and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The project received funding support from the: United States Artists Ford Fellowship; MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Trust for Mutual Understanding; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Starry Night Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Hatchery Fund; and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program.
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