The Big Show Co.

The Big Show Co. was founded in 1999 by UCLA and CalArts alum, Arianne MacBean. The company creates dance-theater performances that integrate movement, text, theater and music. The Big Show Co. debuted as part of the California Choreographers Festival in Laguna Beach in 1999 and now has a repertoire of over twenty works. In New York they have been presented by The DIA Center for the Arts and WOW. In Los Angeles, they have been presented by The Skirball Cultural Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Armand Hammer Museum, Electric Lodge, Barnsdall Art Park, Highways Performance Space, the El Portal Theater, Electric Lodge, Diavolo Dance Space, CalArts Commuter Festival and REDCAT’s Studio, as well as by The A.W.A.R.D. Show! produced by The Joyce Theater NY. The company toured Germany in 2001 teaching workshops and performing in Freiburg, Munich and Amoltern.

The mission of The Big Show Co. is to create original dance-theater performance for presentation in festivals, shared shows or independent productions. In addition, it is the home for Arianne MacBean’s Scripting The Body curriculum which pairs writing and movement, an educational practice that highlights her signature method for creating original dance-theater material (seeTeaching). Rooted in a passion for communication, MacBean creates work for The Big Show Co. that highlights the triumphs and failings of language – the language of the body and of text. MacBean makes work that is self-reflexive – poking fun at human failings while exposing universal vulnerabilities that are simultaneously tragic and beautiful.

Further Reading:

Los Angeles Times: “Explorations of human states” (Review 2004):

Company Website:

Founded: 1999
Artistic Director: Arianne MacBean
Location: Los Angeles

If you represent The Big Show Co. or have material relevant to this organization, we invite you to contribute.
Update information for The Big Show Co. >>

Dance History Project Articles

No articles at this time.

Categorized under: Dance Company, Modern, ORGANIZATION