Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Annie-B Parson is a choreographer and the artistic director of the Obie/Bessie award-winning Big Dance Theater. She co-founded Big Dance in 1991, and with her company has created over 20 large scale works for such venues as BAM, The Japan Society, The Old Vic/London, Sadler’s Wells/London, The Walker, The National Theater in Paris, Japan Society, and The Kitchen. Outside of her company, Parson has also made choreography for rock shows, marching bands, movies, museums, objects, television, augmented-reality, opera, ballet, theater, symphony orchestras, string quartets, and a chorus of 1,000 amateur singers. Some of the artists she has worked with include David Byrne, David Bowie, St. Vincent, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Wendy Whelan, Anne Carson, Laurie Anderson, Jonathan Demme, Spike Lee, David Lang, Esperanza Spalding, Suzan-Lori Parks, Nico Muhly, Jonsi, and Salt-N-Pepa. Parson has two large scale works in the repertory of the Martha Graham Dance Co. Her work with David Byrne has spanned over 13 years and includes dance-making for his tours with Brian Eno and St. Vincent. Their most recent work, American Utopia, toured the world and became an award-winning show Broadway. Spike Lee’s movie of the show premieres this fall. The live show will re-open on Broadway TBD.
Parson has published two books on choreography, as well as many articles on dance. Her most recent book was published by Wesleyan Press in 2019. She teaches and lectures on the body in space, dance-making, and the virtuosity of structures in art making. Among other awards, Parson has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, Bessie Awards, the Jacobs Pillow Dance Award, a USA Artist Award, the Doris Duke Award, and an Olivier nomination.