“17c is a pacy, postmodern mash-up of history and commentary….it’s clever and entertaining. A very 21st-century take on a 17th-century life.”   The Guardian

“…the show drips with hipster attitude.  It’s smart and knows it”    The Times

“A dazzling and dizzying exploration of a diary”   The Londonist

An intriguing romp through the bracingly frank diaries of Samuel Pepys, the Londoner who danced, sang, strode, aspired, bullied and groped his way through 17th century life, recording every detail for posterity.

Big Dance Theater layers movement, text, music and video into a century-spanning work that reveals this Baroque hipster’s compulsions as a startling precursor to our own social media-obsessed times. Pulling the past into the present, Big Dance revives the lost voices of Bess Pepys and her contemporary, the radical feminist playwright Margaret Cavendish.

From periwigs to lamé, historical literature to contemporary blogs, 17c comes from a New York City ensemble renowned for their maverick approach to classical material, in this their first visit to London.



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Co-directed and conceived by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Sound Tei Blow
Visual Design Joanne Howard
Video Jeff Larson
Lighting Joe Levasseur
Costumes Oana Botez
Performers Elizabeth DeMent, Cynthia Hopkins, Paul Lazar, Mikéah Jennings and Kourtney Rutherford

Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with the Old Vic

With support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Produced by Big Dance Theater and co-commissioned by FringeArts (Philadelphia), Carolina Performing Arts/UNC Chapel Hill, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Old Vic/London, The Yard (Chilmark, MA), Diane and Adam E. Max, Virginia and Timothy Millhiser, the Starry Night Fund, Helen and Peter Haje, the Heimbinder Family Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

17c is also supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. 17c was created with residency support from the MacDowell Colony and the AIRspace program at Abrons Arts Center. 17c is funded, in part, by the Big Dance Theater Creation Circle, individual contributors committed to the development and support of the company’s newest works. Big Dance Theater is supported by the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program, the Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, the W Trust, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature,