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The Mood Room

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Four performers on stage all pointing upward and to the sky with their left arms

Big Dance Theater returns with The Mood Room, a mythic and piercing mix of theater, dance, and spoken opera.

Against the urgent, experimental laptop music of Holly Herndon, Annie-B Parson’s Big Dance Theater explores a story of five sisters in 1980, gathered in their childhood Los Angeles home. The Mood Room is set during early Reaganism, when Americans were urged to spend and shop rather than actively participate in civic society. In the physical and metaphorical mood room, the all-female cast dives into a deep self-indulgent bubble, retreating from their responsibilities as participants in the larger world. Referencing multiple texts, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and soap operas, The Mood Room is a mirror for being and nothingness, angst and regret, class and navel-gazing.

Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Music by Holly Herndon
Performed and cocreated with Elizabeth DeMent, Theda Hammel, Jennie MaryTai Liu, Kate Moran, and Michelle Sui*

Sound Design and Recomposition: Mark degli Antoni
Set Design: Lauren Machen
Lighting Design: Joe Levasseur
Video Design: Keith Skretch
Costume Design: Baille Younkman
Sound Associate: Keenan Hurley
Sound Engineer: Michael Alexander Hernandez
Production Manager: Alexandra Vasquez Dheming
Stage Management: Thomas Dieter and Rachel April
Producer: Sara Pereira da Silva
Tour Representation: ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann
Rehearsal Assistants: Andrew Collins, Rebecca L. Miller, and Olivia Palacios

*Creative process included original cast member Brittany Engel-Adams

The Mood Room by Annie-B Parson / Big Dance Theater © 2020
Based upon the play Five Sisters by Guy de Cointet (1982) with some additional text from Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters (1901)

Four performers on stage all pointing upward and to the sky with their left arms

The Mood Room, image courtesy of Big Dance Theater, photo: Maria Baranova

Two performers leaning into one another

The Mood Room, image courtesy of Big Dance Theater, photo: Maria Baranova

Four performers in a line on a stage

The Mood Room, image courtesy of Big Dance Theater, photo: Maria Baranova

A ghostly image of a performer standing in front of a screen that has what appears to be a hand pushing through it

The Mood Room, image courtesy of Big Dance Theater, photo: Maria Baranova

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
The Wexner Family
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
L Brands Foundation
Adam Flatto
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
Bill and Sheila Lambert
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nationwide Foundation
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
Arlene and Michael Weiss

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Mike and Paige Crane
Pete Scantland
Axium Packaging
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Nancy Kramer
Huntington
Lisa Barton
Johanna DeStefano
Russell and Joyce Gertmenian
Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
Ron and Ann Pizzuti
Joyce and Chuck Shenk
Bruce and Joy Soll
Clark and Sandra Swanson
Jones Day

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