I met Annie-B Parson while studying at the Experimental Theater Wing at NYU. She was my mentor for my senior independent project (a solo dance-theater piece about my fetishization of business men), and was my favorite teacher. I took her incredible composition class three times. Upon graduating, she asked me to perform in her company’s upcoming production, The Other Here, which premiered at The Japan Society in NYC in 2007. I ended up performing with the company in various capacities, as well as working with Annie-B on projects as her assistant or associate (like the public domain), and helped her develop a video component for her 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship-supported lecture The Virtuosity of Structure. She is the singular most influential artist of my career and creative life, and I am thrilled to continue to perform her incredible choreography in American Utopia.
Since 2005, I have performed in several productions with Big Dance Theater, her New York-based company she created with her husband, Paul Lazar. These include Comme Toujours, Here I Stand (based on Agnès Varda’s film Cléo de 5 à 7), Supernatural Wife (for which I composed original choral music), and Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature. I also music directed and performed in Man in a Case, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov.
With Big Dance, I have performed around the world at various festivals and venues. Favorite spots include Les Subsistances in Lyon, Palais de Chaillot in Paris, The Getty Villa in Los Angeles, HAU in Berlin (as part of Tanz im August), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater.
In 2016, Kimberly Clark, my drag alter-ego, hosted the intermission party of Short Form a piece featuring several shorter pieces by Annie-B and the company.