Annie-B Parson (CBA ’18) co-founded the OBIE award winning Big Dance Theater in 1991. Big Dance was most recently seen at The Kitchen, The Menil Collection, American Realness, BAM and was honored by PS122. Parson has also made dances for the work of: Mikhail Baryshnikov, David Byrne, David Bowie, St. Vincent, Laurie Anderson, Salt ‘n Pepa, Jonathan Demme, Ivo van Hove, Sarah Ruhl, Lucas Hnath, Wendy Whelan, David Lang, Esperanza Spalding, Mark Dion, and Nico Muhly, and has dances in the repertory of the Martha Graham Dance Company and The Royal Ballet. Awards include: Bessie Awards, Guggenheim Fellowship, Duke Artist Award, Franky Award, USA Artist Award, Foundation for Contemporary Art, and an Olivier nomination.
Ballet (working title)
At The Center, Parson will create a duet for two women entitled Ballet (working title). This duet may be about what is fundamental, primal to the ballet vocabulary and how it can be manipulated and altered. Or it may be about naming things that and then physicalizing the names, rather than the source itself. Or it may be about erasing masterful choreographies and musical scores.