The Mood Room

November 30 – December 6, 2021

Premiere World Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Inspired by French-born visual artist and playwright Guy de Cointet, this piercing new evening-length piece by Annie-B Parson’s Big Dance Theater explores a story of five sisters in 1980 gathered in their childhood Los Angeles home. Against Holly Herndon’s urgent, experimental electronic score, Mood Room mixes theater, dance, and spoken opera to explore the origins of early Reaganism, when Americans were urged to spend and shop rather than actively participate in civic society. In the physical and metaphorical mood room, the all-female cast dives into a deep self-indulgent bubble, retreating from their responsibilities as participants in the larger world. Referencing multiple texts, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and soap operas, The Mood Room is a mirror for being and nothingness, angst and regret, class and navel-gazing.
Identifier 2021f.01129
Season Fall 2021
VenueFisher Building (Fishman Space, Hillman Studio)
author/playwrightAnnie-B Parson, Guy de Cointet
choreographerAnnie-B Parson
lighting designerJoe Levasseur
production assistant/coordinatorMichael Hernandez, Keenan Hurley
production managerAlexandra Vasquez Dheming
set designer/decorLauren Machen
sound designerMark degli Antoni
stage managerThomas Dieter
video artistKeith Skretch