Founded in 1991, Big Dance Theater is known for its inspired use of dance, music, text and visual design. The company often works with wildly incongruent source material, weaving and braiding disparate strands into multi-dimensional performance. Led by Co-Artistic Directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, Big Dance has delved into the literary work of such authors as Twain, Tanizaki, Wellman, Euripides and Flaubert, and dance is used as both frame and metaphor to theatricalize these writings.
For over 20 years, Big Dance Theater has worked to create over 20 dance/theater works, generating each piece over months of collaboration with its associate artists, a long-standing, ever-evolving group of actors, dancers, composers and designers. In March of 2014, the company premiered its latest project, Alan Smithee Directed This Play, at Les Subsistances in Lyon, France and Berlin, ahead of its return to the BAM Harvey Theater in the fall of 2014. Their production Man in a Case, which features Mikhail Baryshnikov, premiered at Hartford Stage and recently toured to Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Shakespeare Theater in DC, The Majestic in Boston, Broad Stage in Santa Monica, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.