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Base Occasional No. 2: Paul Lazar in "Cage Shuffle"
Base: Experimental Arts + Space
Seattle, WA
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Base Occasional No. 2: Paul Lazar in "Cage Shuffle"
Base presents Base Occasional No. 2, featuring Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater (NY) in Cage Shuffle. In this 50-minute dance theater solo, Paul Lazar speaks a series of one-minute stories by John Cage from his 1963 score Indeterminacy, while simultaneously performing a complex choreographic score by Annie-B Parson. The stories are spoken in a random order with no predetermined relationship to the dancing, yet chance serves up its inevitable blend of uncanny connections between text and movement. Cages humor, intellect and iconoclasm find ideal expression in this new work which adds dance to Cages original performance instructions:

Read stories aloud, paced so that each story takes one minute, using chance procedures or not.

The Base Occasional is a periodic platform for new work in contemporary dance. Launched in 2017 by Base, the Base Occasional No. 1 featured new and in-progress work by Seattle-based choreographers Heather Kravas, Dayna Hanson, Peggy Piacenza and Oakland-based choreographer Maureen Whiting.

Cage Shuffle Performances:
Fri. - Sat., Nov. 16 - 17, 2018
Tickets: $18 - $25

Workshop with Paul Lazar:
While in Seattle for the Base Occasional Paul Lazar will teach a dance and theater master class at Base focusing on the intersection of movement invention and text work. Abandoning the adage, suit the action to the word students will explore a nonliteral relationship between words and movement that reveal a wider and more expressive notion of meaning. Open to all levels; watch for details.

About Paul Lazar
Paul Lazar is a founding member and co-artistic director, along with Annie-B Parson,  of Big Dance Theater. He has co-directed and acted in works for Big Dance since 1991, including commissions from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Walker Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Classic Stage Company and Japan Society. Outside of Big Dance, Paul directed Christina Masciottis Social Security at the Bushwick Starr in 2015, Elephant Room at St. Anns Warehouse for the company Rainpan 43 in 2012, and Young Jean Lees Obie Award winning, Were Gonna Die in 2011. He directed a new version of Were Gonna Die in 2015, featuring David Byrne, at the Meltdown Festival in London. He also directed Bodycast: An Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Frances McDormand for the 2014 BAM Next Wave Festival; and Major Bang for The Foundry Theatre at St. Anns Warehouse. Paul is an Associate Member of The Wooster Group, acting in Brace Up!, Emperor Jones, North Atlantic and The Hairy Ape. Other stage acting credits include Tamburlaine at Theatre For A New Audience, Young Jean Lees Lear, The Three Sisters at Classic Stage Company, Richard Maxwells Cowboys and Indians at Soho Rep, Richard III at Classic Stage Company, Svejk at Theatre for a New Audience, Irene Fornes Mud at the Signature Theater, and Mac Wellmans 1965 UU. He has acted in over 30 feature films, including Snowpiercer, The Host, Mickey Blue Eyes, Silence of the Lambs, Beloved, Lorenzos Oil and Philadelphia. His awards include two Bessies (2010, 2002), the Jacobs Pillow Creativity Award in 2007, and the Prelude Festivals Frankie Award in 2014, as well an Obie Award for Big Dance in 2000.

About Base
Base to elevate risk and invention in dance, performance and visual experience. A platform for developing and publicly sharing original work, Base is committed to addressing experimental artists needs for time, space, experimentation, creative freedom and critical discourse. Operating a versatile, 2,000 square foot space within Equinox Studios Creative Industrial Complex, Base also serves as a creative home for founding artists Dayna Hanson, Peggy Piacenza and Dave Proscia.

With a unique artist residency model at the heart of its mission, Base aims to add to the vibrant culture of 21st century art in Seattle and nationally by encouraging dance, performance and multidisciplinary artists of all levels to take creative chances, deepen their practices and share an ongoing flow of fresh, original work and ideas.


Base: Experimental Arts + Space (View)
6520 5th Ave S #122
Seattle, WA 98108
United States



Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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