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Big Dance Theater

17c

December 13–16, 2018

Conceived and directed by Annie-B Parson
Co-directed by Paul Lazar
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson and the company


For more than two decades, the Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater has been making uncategorizable, galvanizing work that undermines genre boundaries. The company's latest effort is a portrait of Samuel Pepys, the outlandish 17th-century politician whose obsessive, tell-all diaries are a startling precursor to our own social media culture. The ensemble weaves music, dance, video, and text in an exploration—part celebration, part inquisition—of the moral murkiness of Pepys' legacy as statesman and notorious philanderer, juxtaposing his own writings with the radical feminism of his contemporary, the playwright Margaret Cavendish, and the cult of online annotators at pepysdiary.com.

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Pictured: Big Dance Theater performs 17c Thursday–Sunday, December 13–16, 2018 in the Zellerbach Playhouse. From left to right: Paul Lazar, Kourtney Rutherford, Cynthia Hopkins, Aaron Mattocks, and Elizabeth DeMent.
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Pictured: Big Dance Theater performs 17c Thursday–Sunday, December 13–16, 2018 in the Zellerbach Playhouse. Clockwise from top left: Paul Lazar, Kourtney Rutherford, Aaron Mattocks, and Cynthia Hopkins.
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Pictured: Big Dance Theater performs 17c Thursday–Sunday, December 13–16, 2018 in the Zellerbach Playhouse. Featuring Elizabeth DeMent.
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Pictured: Big Dance Theater performs 17c Thursday–Sunday, December 13–16, 2018 in the Zellerbach Playhouse. Featuring Aaron Mattocks and Elizabeth DeMent.
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