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Choreographer and artistic director of Big Dance Theater, Annie-B Parson, is known for her original work that combines wildly disparate materials from pure dance to found text and literature.

She also makes dance for operas, pop stars, television, movies, theater, ballet, objects and symphonies. She discusses and reads from her new book Dance by Letter: an illustrated dance abecendary, a unique text about dance-making presented with the same virtuosic economy and exactitude as her dances.


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Brief Bio

Annie-B Parson co-founded Big Dance Theater in 1991. She has co-created over 20 works for the company, ranging from pure dance pieces, to adaptations/ and deconstructions of found text, plays and literature. Her work with Big Dance has been commissioned by Les Subsistances in Lyon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The National Theater of Paris/Chaillot, The Japan Society, The Walker Art Center, and many others, and has performed in venues nationally and internationally.

Outside of Big Dance, Parson has created choreography for operas, pop stars, television, movies, theater, ballet, marching bands, objects, museums symphonies, movies and a cast of 1,000 singers,. Parson choreographed David Bowie/Ivo Van Hove’s Lazarus; David Byrne’s Here Lies Love, and Byrne’s 2012 and 2008 world tours; St. Vincent’s recent world tour. She has also made work for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Wendy Whelan. Parson has work in the repertory of The Royal Ballet and The Martha Graham Dance Co.  Awards: Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, Olivier Award nomination, FCA Award, USA Artist Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, two BESSIE awards, a Franky Award,,  and the Jacob's Pillow Dance Award. Big Dance received an OBIE in 2002.

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