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Big Dance Theater

Supernatural Wife, Walker Commission

Part of 2011-2012 Performing Arts Season

“Each medium is perfectly mastered—dance, video, theater and song combine in making this tragedy a complete and hybrid form—the ancient aligns with modern technology.” —Les Trois Coups, Avignon

New York’s Big Dance Theater has gained an avid international following for its stunning
theatrical hybrids with dark comic touches—“fiercely visual work [that] can move you to tears” (Time Out New York). Their newest creation uses poet Anne Carson’s fresh translation of Euripides’ Alkestis, a rarely performed but profound exploration of death, selfishness, and self-sacrifice. The piece, which shows off the company’s seamless mix of multimedia performance, includes a Greek dance chorus, song, and soundscape contributions by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang (Bang on a Can All-Stars).

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Commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by Producers’ Council members Nor Hall and Roger Hale, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, The McKnight Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Walker Art Center’s Dance Season is sponsored by