Premiere US Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Built around the 17th-century writings of Samuel Pepys, Big Dance Theater’s witty new ensemble work considers the diarist as a startling precursor to our own social media culture. The dance-theater work also uses his marriage to the long-suffering Bess as a lens through which to view the erasure of women’s voices from his obsessively annotated life. A band of five Big Dance veterans spanning all three decades of the ensemble’s history— Elizabeth DeMent, Cynthia Hopkins, Paul Lazar, Aaron Mattocks, and Kourtney Rutherford—bring to life aesthetic and textual references ranging from glam rock to 17th-century British radical feminist playwright Margaret Cavendish to the wonkishly comprehensive contemporary blog www.pepysdiary.com. As ever, Big Dance Theater continues what co-founder Annie-B Parson calls a “protracted, aesthetic, alchemical conversation with dance and theater simultaneously” while showcasing some of New York’s most multifaceted and engaging performers and the wry and incisive intelligence that has defined its trailblazing oeuvre for more than 25 years.