Paul Lazar

In Performance: Big Dance Theater, Cage Shuffle (American Realness)

Big Dance Theater Cage Shuffle Saturday, January 7, 4:00pm and 7:00pm Sunday, January 8, 4:00pm and 7:00pm American Realness Abrons Arts Center, Studio G05 466 Grand Street On each audience seat was a card with a simple explanation of what was about to unfold: “The sequence of the stories is random. The sequence of the dance is not. The performer follows Cage’s original performance instructions: ‘Read stories aloud, with or without additional musical accompaniment, paced so that each story takes one minute. Read all stories in order or select a smaller number, using chance procedures or not.’ -John Cage” The performance began simply as well: two people entered Abrons’ intimate studio space and flicked light switches on the wall. One, creator and performer Paul Lazar...