February 2017 Events!

Reading of new work by U.S. Military Veterans

Sat. Feb. 11, 2017 @ 12 Noon

Van Nuys Library FREE!

6250 Sylmar Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91401


Sneak Peak of The Collective Memory Project

with performances by The Big Show Co & U.S. Military Veterans

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 @ 4 PM

American Legion Post #43 FREE!

2035 Highland Ave 

Los Angeles, CA 90068


Arianne MacBean’s Los Angeles-based dance-theater group, The Big Show Co. presents a sneak peak of their current dance-theater work The Collective Memory Project – with performances inspired and performed by US Military Veterans, The Big Show Co. and the audience themselves. This last of a series of four free public showings features - for the first time - performances by veterans along side The Big Show Co. performers at the Hollywood American Legion Post 43 - a historic landmark since 1929.

As part of a 3-year community performance initiative, The Big Show Co. partners with the non-profit organization, Veterans in Film & Television - which works to help bridge the military-civilian divide - to gather source text from veterans through a series of Memory Writing Workshops. With generous support from the CA Arts Council and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, text from writing workshops is used to develop the performance script. Using their signature blend of dance, theater, text, music, and visual imagery, The Big Show Co. is creating a series of inclusive, highly personal performances where these memories – as well as the memories of the performers and the audience themselves - are activated and reimagined to create communal performance experiences.

The Collective Memory Project explores the creative act of memory-making. It examines memory's effects through time, the agency of remembrance and forgetting, and investigates aspects of the present by which the past is always haunted.



Arianne MacBean