Wrecking 1 Saturday, January 5Saturday, January 5, 2pm
with Big Dance Theater at fidgetspace, 1714 North Mascher Street, Philadelphia.
“Wrecking” is a process where Rethorst invites in another choreographer to work with her in-progress piece. She wrote: “He [Tere O’Connor] entered into the rehearsal process and looked at the piece as though it was to become his from that moment forward, changing it to his liking, imposing his own aesthetic with complete disregard for my intentions. I then took back the rehearsals, with the same attitude toward his changes……..akin to culture shock; disorienting, the center of gravity shifted.”Big Dance Theater, fidget space
Founded in 1991, Big Dance Theater is known for its inspired use of dance, music, text and visual design. The company often works with wildly incongruent source material, weaving and braiding disparate strands into multi-dimensional performance. Led by Co-Artistic Directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, Big Dance has delved into the literary work of such authors as Twain, Tanizaki, Wellman, Euripides and Flaubert, and use dance as both frame and metaphor to theatricalize these writings.
For over 20 years, Big Dance Theater has worked to create over 15 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. In October 2012, the company will premiere their latest project, Ich Kurbisgeist, a play by Sibyl Kempson and co-presented by Performance Space 122 and The Chocolate Factory. The Brooklyn Academy of Music will commission the following piece, Adam Smithee, to premiere in Lyon, France in the spring of 2014.
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 Creativity Award from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Big Dance Theater has been presented internationally and nationally at theaters including: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, Classic Stage Company, Japan Society, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Walker Art Center, Yerba Buena, On the Boards, UCLA Live, and The Spoleto Festival. Internationally, the group has performed at many festivals and theaters in France (Nantes, Rennes, Brest, Mulhousse, Paris, Lyon), Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Brazil and Germany. Most recent commissions have been from Les Subsistances in Lyon, Chaillot Theatre National in Paris and The Walker Art Center.