[New York Premiere] Big Dance Theater: ANTIGONICK
Big Dance Theater’s latest work, ANTIGONICK, is a “pop-up play under construction” of Anne Carson’s one-act, radical-feminist take on Sophocles’ Antigone. In Carson’s theatrical perspective on Antigone’s role as a humanist and antagonist, the intellectual excitement of ANTIGONICK lies in how she loses, why her peaceful resistance matters, and the sobering consequences of the Antigone/Creon face-off.
Each night, ticket holders for the 7pm and 8:30pm shows are welcome to a Dionysian Libation with food and drinks beginning at 7:45pm.
Founded in 1991, Big Dance Theater is known for its inspired use of dance, music, text and visual design. The company often works with wildly incongruent source material, weaving and braiding disparate strands into multi-dimensional performance. Led by Co-Artistic Directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, Big Dance has delved into the literary work of such authors as Twain, Tanizaki, Wellman, Euripides and Flaubert, and dance is used as both frame and metaphor to theatricalize these writings.
ANTIGONICK is presented by Abrons Arts Center with generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This season was also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. ANTIGONICK was commissioned and originally produced by Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director