This November 14-18, Open Arts Professor Paul Lazar's company, Big Dance Theater, will perform a new work, 17c, as part of the BAM 2017 Next Wave Festival. For more information, click here. From release:
The Obie Award-winning mavericks at Big Dance Theater (Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature, 2014 Next Wave) take a dizzy intertextual romp through the diaries of Samuel Pepys, weaving music, dance, video, and text into a spectacularly outré portrait of the famed 17th-century philanderer and his tragic wife Bess. Soaked in reverb and dripping with lamé, the ensemble careens through a series of tightly crafted episodes, conjuring Pepys’ penchant for self-improvement, steadfast commitment to infidelity, and endless desire to be en vogue. Splintering the diaries with the radical feminism of the 17th-century playwright Margaret Cavendish and the cult of online annotators at pepysdiary.com, 17c coaxes a century-spanning conversation from a notoriously solipsistic life.