Big Dance Theater


German Premiere

Duration: 80 min

Language: English

This genre-exploding troupe from New York City, excavates the past so as to comprehend on the present. Their new performance “17c” rips open Samuel Pepys’s diaries, in which this 17c man meticulously, and without censorship, notes his daily doings –  from his infidelities, and perversions, to his dancing lessons and binge-shopping sprees.  Was he a forerunner of our social-media culture as he carefully crafts his identity through his image? This intimate portrait is complemented by the voice of his contemporary, the writer Margaret Cavendish. In this way Big Dance Theater creates a savvy texture of music, dance, text and video.

Production: Big Dance Theater

Co-Commissioned by: FringeArts (Philadelphia), Carolina Performing Arts/UNC Chapel Hill, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Old Vic/London, The Yard (Chilmark, MA), Diane and Adam E. Max, Virginia and Timothy Millhiser, the Starry Night Fund, Helen and Peter Haje, and the Heimbinder Family Foundation

Funded by: the Big Dance Theater Creation Circle, individual contributors committed to the development and support of the company’s newest works

Supported by: Howard Gilman Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program, the Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, the W Trust, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Residency supported by: MacDowell Colony, AIRspace program at Abrons Arts Center

  • Cast

    Concept & Artistic Direction

    Annie-B Parson

    Artistic Co-Direction

    Paul Lazar


    Annie-B Parson and the company

    Sound Design

    Tei Blow

    Set Design

    Joanne Howard

    Costume Design

    Oana Botez

    Lighting Design

    Joe Levasseur

    Video Design

    Jeff Larson


    Elizabeth DeMent, Cynthia Hopkins, Paul Lazar, Mikéah Jennings and Kourtney Rutherford

    Executive Production

    Aaron Mattocks

    Production Management

    Carl Whipple

    Production Stage Management

    Ilana Khanin

    Wig Design and Construction

    David Bova

    Associate Sound Design

    Eben Hoffer

    Associate Set Design

    Andreea Mincic

    Sound Engineering

    Tyler Kieffer

    Video Assistant and Operation

    Jorge Morales Picó

    Set Construction

    Joseph Silovsky and Infinite Studios

    Costume Construction

    Talla Dia/Talla Design, Karen Boyer

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