NEWS: What The Big Show Co. is up to!



Arianne MacBean premieres new work at Glendale Community College

Arianne MacBeancreated a new trio for dance students from Glendale Community College and Pasadena City College, where she is currently Adjunct Faculty.


Arianne MacBean teaches at Cal State University Long Beach 

Arianne was honored to teach a fall 2017 graduate seminar in Dance Management in the Dance Program at Cal State Univeristy Long BEach. The course addressed the wider world of dance management outside of academia, performing and presenting. Topics such as non-profit corporations, fiscal receiverships, arts advocacy and policy, and data collection were covered with an emphasis on grant writing and strategic planning. It was an rewarding semester!


The Big Show Co. receives California Arts Council Grant!

We are THRILLED to annouce that, for the second year in a row, we have received the California Arts Council's Veterans Initiative in the Arts Grant! This funding supports additional Memory Movement Workshops for veterans, as well as the world premiere of The Collective Memory Project! We would not be here without the support of this important state agency. THANK YOU CA ARTS COUNCIL!


Arianne teaches at ACDA Regional Conference

On April 6 & 7 2017, Arianne was honored to teach Grant Writing and Scripting the Body at American College Dance Association's Regional Conference at El Camino College.



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.