About the Company
About the Company
The Bang Group is a rhythm-based, theatrical dance troupe serving choreographer David Parker's fascination with the rhythmic potential of the dancing body. Working its alchemy on American popular and contemporary forms, The Bang Group brings forth a repertory of joyful, smart, funny dances which resonate with the rich traditions of percussive dance, vaudeville, silent film comedy, movie musicals and classical ballet.
The company, directed by David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin, is best known for its comic/subversive, neo-vaudevillian Nutcracker entitled Nut/Cracked as well as ShowDown, a choreographic refraction of Annie Get Your Gun, Misters and Sisters, a romantic reverie in song and dance for cabaret stages and for a series of male duets ranging from the Velcro-clad Slapstuck to Bang and Suck, Friends of Dorothy and Old Fashioned Wedding. These dances which chart male intimacy with love and precision were created for David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin and remain in active repertory.
TBG has been presented in New York City eight times by Dance Theater Workshop, now New York Live Arts, twice by Danspace Project, twice by Symphony Space, numerous times by DanceNow/NYC at Joe's Pub, and at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Arts and Events at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, The Joyce Soho, Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y, Town Hall and many others. TBG has been the first-and-only dance company in residence at the West End Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side where Parker and Kazin present triennial choreographic mini-festivals. TBG makes its New York Live Arts debut in December with the third annual encore of Nut/Cracked which is in its ninth season of touring having enjoyed nearly 200 performances to date.
The Bang Group has appeared in many European festivals including The Holland Dance Festival (The Hague), International Biennale de Charleroi Danses (Belgium), Konfrontace Festival (Prague), Tanzsprache (Vienna), Dance Week (Zagreb), Divadelna Nitra (Slovakia), Belluard Bollwerk (Switzerland), Nervi Estate (Italy), Ballett Umbria (Italy), Invito Alla Danza (Rome), Tanzmesse NRW (Germany), Dutch Touch (Paris), OT301 (Amsterdam), Monaco Danse Forum, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2005 and 2009), and others. TBG has also appeared regularly in Montreal at Tangente, Studio 303, Divers Cite and CINARS as well as in 24 of the United States.
The company has developed a second home in the Boston area where it has appeared for the last 12 seasons at Summer Stages Dance Festival in Concord, MA. It has also enjoyed regular seasons in Boston at The Theater Offensive's Out on the Edge Festival (2006-2008), First Night (2003,2005,2008) and, most recently, at Boston's Institute for Contemporary Art. The company has consistently appeared on best-of-the-year lists in Boston as well as in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Antwerp, London and Montreal.
Generous financial support has come from The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Frederick Loewe Foundation, The Hale Matthews Foundation, 2wice Foundation, Netherland-America Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts (Build Grant), New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Pentacle's ARC (Advancement, Reinvention and Creativity) Program, Mid-Atlantic Arts Fund, Arts International, Fund for Mutual Understanding, Amy Sue Rosen and Derek Bernstein Foundation and from several private donors.