“Another Telepathic Thing,” a collaboration between dance theater choreographer Annie-B Parson and film director Jonathan Demme, will be shown Sunday, February 14 at 3 p.m. at the Rosendale Theatre Inspired by Mark Twain’s morality tale “The Mysterious Stranger,” “Another Telepathic Thing” is a prismatic and complex dance-theater parable performed by Big Dance Theatre, the company directed by Parsons and her husband Paul Lazar, and captured by Demme on film.
Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for children 12 and under. The program will last approximately 120 minutes.
The work centers on a charismatic stranger whose visit shatters the peace of a mythic hamlet. Big Dance Theater’s performance of “Another Telepathic Thing” was filmed by Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “Philadelphia,” “Rachel Getting Married”) in February 2000. The film was completed in 2015 with funding from Dance Film Association’s Production Initiative and premiered at Baryshikov Arts Center. The film features performers Tymberly Canale, Stacy Dawson, Molly Hickok, Cynthia Hopkins, Paul Lazar and David Neumann, with text supervision by Scott Renderer, music by Cynthia Hopkins, set by Joanne Howard, lights by Jay Ryan, and sound by Jane Shaw.
Parsons choreographed David Byrne’s musical “Here Lies Love” at both the Public Theater and The National Theater in London. Her work for theater, opera and film includes the recent Meryl Streep/Jonathan Demme movie “Ricki and the Flash,” for Nico Muhly’s opera “Dark Sisters,” and for the string quartet Ethel. She recently choreographed David Bowie/Ivo Van Hove’s new work “Lazarus” at New York Theatre Workshop.
Dance Film Sundays, a series which started in June 2010 under the auspices of the Rosendale Theatre Collective, are held on the second Sunday of every month.