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Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2013 - 2014

Alan Smithee Directed This Play

Big Dance Theater

From 27 to 30 March

Création  Music



In Alan Smithee Directed This Play, Big Dance Theater liberates film scripts from their narrative moorings to reveal a stunning series of pure film tropes, which meld pathos and politics from iconic films of the American70’s and Cold War Russia. On a stage littered with fur coats, lawn chairs, and telephones, decades merge; renegades draw guns on their adversaries; astronauts self- congratulate, revolutionaries pontificate; tragic lovers bid farewell under the threat of nuclear war; and American suburbanites grapple with abortion, debt and divorce.

Using a flurry of mind-bending dance and theater fragments, Big Dance masterfully creates an irrational Dada landscape where 1918 Moscow mingles with 1970s America in ways which evoke our own 21st century moment.

Note: Alan Smithee is the pseudonym used by members of the Directors Guild (professional film directors union in the United States) when a director, dissatisfied with the final product, leaves a film for lack of creative control, effectively erasing his participation in the project.


Co-direction: Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar
Choreography: Annie-B Parson et le Big Dance Dance Theater
Performers: Cynthia Hopkins, Tymberly Canale, Kourtney Routherford, Chris Giarmo, Elizabeth DeMent, Aaron Mattocks, Paul Lazar
Video: Jeff Larson
Decor: Joanne Howard
Sound operator: Tei Blow
Light operator: Joe Levasseur
Costumes: Oana Botez

Production: Aaron Rosenblum


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 Theater has worked to create over 20 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.

An artistic leader in New York City’s performance community, Big Dance Theater has a loyal–and growing–following. In 2000, the company was awarded an OBIE (Off-Broadway Theater Award) for its “passionate practice of the most implausible choreographic and literary concoctions,” and in 2002 Co-Directors Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson were honored with a BESSIE (New York Dance and Performance Award) for their “boldly arranged marriage of dance and theater.” In 2007 the company received the first-ever Creativity Award from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Big Dance Theater has been presented in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Georgia, Brazil, Belgium and France, and recently received commissions from Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and Les Subsistances in Lyon.





Dates & horaires

Thu 27 March 2014 / 21:45

Fri 28 March 2014 / 21:45

Sat 29 March 2014 / 17:45

Sun 30 March 2014 / 16:15


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