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.

November 6, 2015 | American Dance Institute/ADI Incubator


April 7 – 8, 2016
Fusebox Festival
Austin, TX

January 6 – 16, 2016 (*New York Premiere)
The Kitchen
New York, NY

November 6 – 8, 2015 (*World Premiere)
Solange MacArthur Theater
American Dance Institute/ADI Incubator
Rockville, MD

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
Company Manager Sara Procopio
Administration Management Artspool

Production Stage Manager Brendan Regimbal
Associate Sound Designer Eben Hoffer
Costumes construction by Lydia Gay, Talla Dia, Rosa Lumagbas, Jacy Barber