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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Big Dance Theater’s CAGE SHUFFLE starring Paul Lazar Returns to Northampton


WHAT: Big Dance Theater’s CAGE SHUFFLE starring Paul Lazar
WHEN: Friday, March 9, 2018, 8:00 PM, Arts Night Out
WHERE: Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, Massachusetts

$10.00 admission
Seating is limited: Reservations recommended,
call 413 586-5553

After playing to a full house at A.P.E. Space in Northampton last summer, Paul Lazar is bringing back his “joyous” and “transfixing” dance/theatre solo, Cage Shuffle. In Cage Shuffle Paul Lazar speaks a series of one-minute stories by John Cage from his 1963 score Indeterminacy while simultaneously performing choreography by Annie-B Parson. The stories are spoken in a random order with no predetermined relationship to the dancing. Chance serves up its startling blend of inevitable and uncanny connections between text and movement.

“Paul and Annie B's Cage Shuffle is one of my favorite pieces ever. The cage stories are good to begin with, amusing in a zen kind of way, but when further randomized and amplified with the dance, and with Paul's voice- well, it becomes no longer a rarified cage piece but is transformed into something that is accessible to everyone. Beautiful, profound and hilarious- as all things should be.” – David Byrne

​Parson and Lazar founded Big Dance Theater in in 1991. Based in New York, the Company tours internationally and 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 a multi-dimensional performance of stories and movement.

Often choreographing works for such diverse performers as David Byrne and Mikhail Baryshnikov and distinctive companies such as the Elixir Ensemble of senior dancers in London’s Sattler’s Wells and Soho Rep Theater of New York’s downtown art scene, Big Dance designs works for stages ranging from traditional theaters to intimate experimental spaces, including art galleries and museums.

As an Associate Member of the Wooster Group, Mr. Lazar has appeared in The Wooster Group’s North Atlantic, Brace Up!, Emperor Jones and The Hairy Ape, and many other New York stage productions including Richard Maxwell's Cowboys and Indians and Young Jean Lee’s “Lear”.

Lazar directed Young Jean Lee’s “We’re Gonna Die” which was reprised in London this summer featuring David Byrne. Other directing credits include “Bodycast” with Fran McDormand (BAM), Christina Masciotti’s “Social Security” (Bushwick Starr), and “Major Bang” (for The Foundry Theatre) at Saint Ann’s Warehouse. Paul Lazar’s film career includes roles in Silence of the Lambs, Mickey Blue Eyes, Lorenzo's Oil, Philadelphia, The Host and Snowpiercer as well as numerous other films and television shows.

For more information about Paul Lazar and Big Dance Theater:
http://www.bigdancetheater.org

“PAUL’S ABILITY TO ALTER FOCUS AND GESTURAL TIMINGS WHILE DELIVERING A STREAM OF TEXT IS A NEUROLOGICAL FEAT OF ITS OWN, A VIRTUOSIC EXPANSION OF THE MULTI-DATA STREAM PERFORMANCE LEGACY.” --CULTUREBOT

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