Big Dance-Short Form photo by Liz Lynch, courtesy of ADI

Big Dance-Short Form photo by Liz Lynch, courtesy of ADI

Big Dance Theater's New Work/Take One

Thursday, August 25 at 8pm - SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 27 at 6:30pm

Location: The Yard's Patricia Nanon Theater
Run time: TBA

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Big Dance Theater as one of the most compelling and innovative ensembles in New York. Under the artistic leadership of Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, who have honed a distinctive performance style that has influenced the downtown scene for the last 25 years, BDT has created a body of work that is unique in the field of performance, one at the forefront of experimentation and hybridity. The Yard residency will center around the creation of BDT 's new work, an ensemble-based multimedia and multidisciplinary production adapted and directed by artistic directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar. The work will feature choreography by Annie-B Parson, video design by Jeff Larson and sound design by Tei Blow, and will premiere in 2017. 

For 25 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. Big Dance Theater received New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards in 2002 and 2010; the company was awarded an OBIE in 2000 and BDT company members have received 5 other “Bessie” Awards and an OBIE award for their work with Big Dance. In 2007 the company received the first-ever Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. Big Dance Theater has been presented around the world including France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Brazil and Germany and in the USA in venues including: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, The Performing Garage, New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory, Japan Society, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Walker Art Center, On the Boards and The Spoleto Festival.

“It's hard to do justice to the freewheeling brilliance of Big Dance Theater."

- The New York Times


Big Dance Theater’s NEW WORK 2017 is made possible, in part, by the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program, 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 by the Big Dance Theater Creation Circle, lead individual contributors committed to the development and support of the company’s newest works. This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. For more information: