Doris Duke Artist Award, 2014
New York, NY
Annie-B Parson founded Big Dance Theater in 1991 with Paul Lazar and Molly Hickok. Big Dance is known for its inspired blending of dance, theatre, music, text, and visual design. She has co-created over 20 works for the company, ranging from pure dance pieces, to dance/theater works combining wildly disparate materials, based on such sources as Euripides, Flaubert, Twain, and found text. Big Dance recently premiered Triple Feature in Lyon, France and at BAM, and “Big Dance: Short Form” at the Kitchen. Outside of Big Dance, she has choreographed for projects including David Bowie’s Lazarus, David Byrne’s Here Lies Love, two of Byrne’s world tours, St. Vincent's world tour, a full length work for The Martha Graham Dance Co., and a solo for Wendy Whelan at the Linbury/Royal Opera House in London. Her honors include a nomination for an Olivier Award (2015), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2014), a USA Fellowship (2012), a Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award (2007), Bessie Awards (2010, 2000), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007).