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



Memory Workshop #1 with VFT

Please check out the photos below of our recent memory workshop with participants from Veterans in Film & Television TV. Amazing work. Amazing people. Thank you to all who came and supported this exciting new project!


TBSCo. launches exciting 3-year project

The Big Show Co. is embarking on an exciting three-year project – and it involves YOU. Yes, we are proud to announce the beginning of a profound interactive dance-theater initiative entitled, The Collective Memory Project with performances based on your memories. Using our signature blend of dance, theater, text, music, and visual imagery, The Big Show Co. will create a series of inclusive, highly personal performances where veteran, audience and performer memories are activated and reimagined to create communal experiences.

The Collective Memory Project explores the creative act of memory-making. The performances engage with “actual” memories and re-embody them through movement, time, space and visual imagery. The work examines memory's effects through time, the agency of remembrance and forgetting, and investigates aspects of the past by which the present is always haunted. By utilizing artistic relationships to illuminate memory association, repetition and reappearance, as well as forms of "active" forgetting, this new work reveals an essential performativity in the aesthetic and art of memory.

The Big Show Co. is proud to partner with the LA-based non-profit organization, Veterans in Film and Television, to produce Memory Writing Workshops where we to gather original source text from veterans to be used in The Big Show Co.'s performances. In addition, the workshops support veterans refine their memories to fully developed individual stories for public readings. This project culminates in a large-scale LA performance season that may include veterans on stage with The Big Show Co.

We invite you to (literally) be a part of this innovative project by: sharing your memories via e-mail or voice mail, by attending our upcoming project launch party, by following our journey on facebook/twitter/instagram and, and by CONTRIBUTING TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE.

Quick Links:

Email us your memories:

Leave us a voice mail memory: 323-484-MOVE (6683)

Contribute to this project!


Arianne Leads Professional Development Workshop

On Saturday, March 7th 2015 Arianne was honored to have led 40 LAUSD teachers yesterday in a 3-hour professional development workshop on ways to support diversity in the classroom through dance. Thank you, Skirball Cultural Center for your amazing program, Teaching Our World Through the Arts!


A Sparkling Day!

We want to thank everyone who came to the Project Launch Fundraiser for The Big Show Co.'s Collective Memory Project (and Arianne's Birthday).

It was a radiant event, resplendent in sunshine, kids' laughter, uplifting jazz music, good food & wine, and of course, The Big Show Co. Free Players at their best creating original dance theater out of YOUR memories. And, with our Angel Matching Donation, we raised $1825!

If you were unable to be there, we are still accepting contributions to reach our goal of $2000. Please consider making a donation towards this important performance project that re-imagines memories of community members, veterans, homeless and at-risk youth to create powerful dance-theater performances.

Click here for a link to fun photos from the event taken by Phoebe Wong & Dyanne Cano.

A HUGE thanks to Brad Ellis and Joanne Dickson for donating the beautiful Carriage House for our event, and thanks again to the following individuals and businesses that helped make the event spectacular!

Ruby’s Bakery
Eagle Rock Bakery
Trader Joe’s
Mashk, Inc.
Yearbook Inc./Michael Nahabet
Maria Garcia Cosmetics
Bird Pick Tea & Herb


With Gratitude, Arianne & The Big Show Co. Team



Project Launch Party!

It's time to make some memories together! Please join Arianne MacBean & The Big Show Co. on Sunday, Feb. 8th, 2015 from 11 AM - 1 PM at @ The Carriage House, 1215 Garfield Ave. South Pasadena 91030 for our Project Launch Party where we will inaugurate The Collective Memory Project.

Here's what's happening at The Project Launch Party:
- wine (of course)
- lots of yummy food (all donated from local restaurants, bakeries & businesses)
- live music provided by the Cathlene Pineda Trio
- goodie bags (because it's also Arianne's 42nd birthday and everyone deserves a GOODIE BAG!)
- AND an original live performance by The Big Show Co. based on YOUR MEMORIES!

We will also be honoring the LA-based non-profits we are partnering with on this project: Veterans in Film & Television, which helps bridge the military-civilian divide, and SHARE!, which focuses on self-help support groups and solutions to homelessness.

Presale tickets to this special fundraising event are a $35 donation/adult and kids are FREE! Bring the whole family! Tickets are $40 at the door so contribute TODAY!

Here's what you need to do to make this memory happen:
- go to and make a $35 donation for every adult attending the event.
- consider your donation a confirmation that your name will be on the event list.
- Show up on Feb. 7 and BOOM! your memory is in process!

Can't wait to celebrate this exciting new project (and my birthday!) with all of The Big Show Co friends and supporters.