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

“Effortless mastery…is a rare and wonderful thing. How rewarding to experience Big Dance Theater’s display of it.” –Washington Post


“Every once in a while, an audience exits a theatre feeling deeply alive. Lit. Satisfied. Big Dance Theater’s anniversary show is programmed with the canny sensibilities of a master chef, transporting one’s taste buds across the gamut of flavors and textures but never forgetting the tart tickle.” –Dance Tabs


“It’s always entrancing to watch the company’s gifted performers—some of whom have been a part of Big Dance Theater for a decade or more—field movement, words, props, and costume changes amid film clips, and scenic elements; they can slip into a character, out of it, and into another with almost shocking dexterity.” –DanceBeat

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: Jill Abbott, Anthony Bowe, Lisa Lee, and Martha Sherman.