photo byNicholas Burnham

photo byNicholas Burnham

The Bang Group

A Mouthful of Shoes

Saturday July 7th 7:00 pm
Location: MV PAC

$75 Premium
$35 Adult
$20 Seniors, Students and Military
$5 Children under 12
Behind the Counter and Membership discounts apply

The Bang Group are a Yard Offshore Creation Residency Artist Group

As part of The Yard’s 6th Annual TapTheYard: A Vineyard Festival of Rhythm and Beats, The Bang Group presents A Mouthful of Shoes. This work continues choreographer David Parker’s adventurous exploration of the sonic potential of the dancing body in a varied, interlocking suite of percussive dances. “I've taken a set of musical scores both contemporary and traditional, re-created them as choreographic systems, and embodied them with dancers,” he explains, “thus, they can be ‘played’ entirely by feet and bodies.” Additionally, The Bang Group will preview a new work choreographed by David Parker for the company's women dancers translated from a new music composition by Vineyard-based composer Dean Rosenthal called Orderly Movements. Originally scored for 3 oboes, this work will use dancers alone to embody and play this intricate and witty score.


THE BANG GROUP is a rhythm-driven, New York-based dance company which spans contemporary and percussive forms. The company, founded and directed by Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker celebrates its 23rd anniversary this season. TBG has toured and performed throughout North America and Europe. The company has made its second home in Boston through sustained partnerships with Summer Stages Dance, The ICA, The Dance Complex and The Yard.

DAVID PARKER is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in choreography whose work has been recognized by the 4th International Competition for Choreographers of Contemporary Dance in the Netherlands, The Kurt Jooss Awards jury, The Monte Carlo Dance Festival's Citation of Excellence, a New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award, an Art+Action Award from Gibney Dance Center, a Move Award from Dance Theater Workshop and a philanthropy award from Dancers Responding to Aids. In addition to performing in his own work, he has appeared as a guest artist with Doug Elkins, Sara Rudner, Christopher Williams, The New York Theatre Ballet and with Caleb Teicher, Sara Hook, Catherine Tharin and Fiona Marcotty. He has created over 50 commissioned works for ballet and modern companies, universities, soloists and theater artists. Parker has taught dance composition as a visiting professor at Princeton University, SUNY Purchase, Hunter College, Marymount Manhattan College and served on the faculties of The Ailey School, Juilliard and Barnard/Columbia. Over the past several seasons Parker, together with David White and Alison Manning, has curated the Tap the Yard Festival. Parker's work as a writer appears regularly in Dance Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail. He currently sits on the boards of directors of Danspace Project, Boston Dance Alliance and Arts On Site.

The Yard is a NPN/VAN Partner of the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN/VAN Artist Engagement Fund. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information visit
"The Dancing Room" is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Proj-ect co-commissioned by Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with the Quick Center for the Arts and The Yard and NPN. The Creation fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National En-dowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information:  “The Dancing Room” was also funded in part by the National Dance Project Special Projects. NDP Special Projects is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Chari-table Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project is also made possible with support from the State of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development.