Poetry Foundation and Big Dance Theater Present:
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
7:30 PM (event ends at 9:00 PM)
Big Dance Theater
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 dance is used as both frame and metaphor to theatricalize these writings.
The Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
Poetry Foundation and Big Dance Theater Present: Cage Shuffle
In Cage Shuffle Paul Lazar speaks a series of one-minute stories by John Cage from his 1963 score Indeterminacy while simultaneously performing choreography by Annie-B Parson. The stories are spoken in a random order with no predetermined relationship to the dancing. Chance serves up its inevitable blend of strange and uncanny connections between text and movement. With live tape and digital collage scored and performed by composer Lea Bertucci.
The sequence of the stories is random.
The sequence of the dance is not.
The performer follows Cage’s original performance instructions:
“Read stories aloud, with or without additional musical accompaniment, paced so that each story takes one minute. Read all stories in order or select a smaller number, using chance procedures or not.”
Conceived and directed by Paul Lazar/Big Dance Theater
Choreography by Annie-B Parson
Music composed by Lea Bertucci
Performed by Paul Lazar with Lea Bertucci
Produced by Aaron Mattocks
“AN IMPRESSIVE FEAT…ALWAYS MESMERIZING.” —CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE
“PAUL’S ABILITY TO ALTER FOCUS AND GESTURAL TIMINGS WHILE DELIVERING A STREAM OF TEXT IS A NEUROLOGICAL FEAT OF ITS OWN, A VIRTUOSIC EXPANSION OF THE MULTI-DATA STREAM PERFORMANCE LEGACY.” —CULTUREBOT
Cage Shuffle is a production of Big Dance Theater and made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additionally, the production received funding from 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 was also funded, in part, by the Big Dance Theater Creation Circle, lead individual contributors committed to the development and support of the company’s newest works.
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