Presented By: Office for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program, Master Class Series, and Theater, Dance & Media
Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, co-founders and artistic directors of Big Dance Theater, will teach a dance and theater master class focusing on the intersection of movement invention and text work.
Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar's repertory program Short Form will be performed by Big Dance Theater at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston on Oct. 14-15.
This class is for participants who are 18 + and who have intermediate level dance-making, choreography training, or directing training from the theater tradition.
Participation is free, but due to limited class capacity, online registration is required. Priority is given to Undergraduate Harvard students.
Due to the nature of this class, observers would be a hindrance to the focus of participants. If you are interested in observing a dance master class, please see the full list on the OFA Dance Program's Master Class Series webpage!
Annie-B Parson is an award-winning choreographer and is co-director of Big Dance Theater, which she founded with Paul Lazar in 1991. She has choreographed and co-created over 20 works for the company, ranging from pure dance pieces, to adaptations of found text, plays, and literature, to original works combining wildly disparate materials. Outside of Big Dance, Ms. Parson has created choreography for operas, pop stars, television, movies, theater, ballet and symphonies. Her work includes David Byrne’s musical Here Lies Love at both the Public Theater and The National Theater in London; David Byrne’s 2012 world tour with St. Vincent and a marching band; and for Byrne's 2008 Brian Eno world tour. She also created the choreography for St. Vincent’s 2014 world tour, as well as her performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Parson currently has a work in repertory at The Martha Graham Dance Company, and has created a solo for Wendy Whelan commissioned by the Royal Ballet.
Ms. Parson's awards include the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2014), an Olivier Award nomination in choreography (2015), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award (2014), USA Artists Grant in theater (2012), Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography (2007), two BESSIE awards (2010, 2002), and three NYFA Choreography Fellowships (2013, 2006 and 2000). BDT received an OBIE (2000) and the first Jacob's Pillow Dance Award (2007). Parson has been nominated for the CalArts/Alpert Award seven times and has received three Lucille Lortel nominations (2014, 2012, 2011). She was a YCC choreographer at The American Dance Festival. Read more.
Paul Lazar is a founding member and co-artistic director, along with Annie-B Parson, of Big Dance Theater. He has co-directed and acted in works for Big Dance since 1991, including commissions from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Walker Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Classic Stage Company and Japan Society. Outside of Big Dance, Mr. Lazar directed Christina Masciotti's Social Security at the Bushwick Starr in 2015, Elephant Room at St. Ann’s Warehouse for the company Rainpan 43 in 2012, and Young Jean Lee's Obie Award winningWe're Gonna Die in 2011. He directed a new version of We're Gonna Die in 2015, featuring David Byrne, at the Meltdown Festival in London.
Mr. Lazar is an Associate Member of The Wooster Group, acting in Brace Up!, Emperor Jones, North Atlantic and The Hairy Ape. Other stage acting credits include Tamburlaine at Theatre For A New Audience, Young Jean Lee’s Lear, The Three Sisters at Classic Stage Company, Richard Maxwell’s Cowboys and Indians at Soho Rep, Richard III at Classic Stage Company,Svejk at Theatre for a New Audience, Irene Fornes’ Mud at the Signature Theater, and Mac Wellman’s 1965 UU. He has acted in over 30 feature films, including Snowpiercer, The Host, Mickey Blue Eyes, Silence of the Lambs, Beloved, Lorenzo’s Oil and Philadelphia. His awards include two Bessies (2010, 2002), the Jacob's Pillow Creativity Award in 2007, and the Prelude Festival's Frankie Award in 2014, as well an Obie Award for Big Dance in 2000. Paul currently teaches at New York University. He has also taught at Yale, Rutgers, The William Esper Studio and The Michael Howard Studio. Read more.
Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit.
The Harvard Dance Center is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs.
Photo: Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar. Credit: Ike Edeani.