Annie-B Parson (CBA ’18) co-founded the Bessie and OBIE award winning Big Dance Theater in 1991. Big Dance was most recently seen at BAM, The Kitchen, Philly Fringe, USC, and Mass MOCA. and was honored by PS122. This season The Company is touring to Berlin and The Old Vic in London. Parson’s work in David Byrne’s American Utopia World Tour is currently on the road. Parson has also made dances for the work of: Mikhail Baryshnikov, 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. 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.