Jeff Larson, resident designer and production manager for theatre, was the video designer for 17c, a production of Big Dance Theater. The show’s world premiere was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Nov. 9; it travels to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for performances Nov. 14 to 18, as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival.
According to its website, Big Dance Theater was founded in 1991 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 multi-dimensional performance.”
17c is described as being “built around the problematic 17th-century diaries of Samuel Pepys. Pepys danced, sang, strummed, shopped, strove, bullied, and groped — and he recorded all of it in his diary, completely unfiltered…A startling precursor to our own social media culture, Pepys possessed a similar compulsion to assign an almost constant real-time meaning to his daily existence, to examine himself, and obsessively report it.”