With Appearances and Remarks by
David Byrne, Elizabeth Dement, Jonathan Demme, Elephant Room Magic Society, DJ Chris Giarmo,
Cynthia Hopkins, Jonathan E. Jacobs aka The Vintage DJ, Aaron Mattocks, Joseph V. Melillo, Steven Reker, Kaneza Schaal




Event videography by Mehmet Salih Yildirim.
Click names to view bios and photos.

HONOREES: Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar


Annie-B Parson (Choreographer and Co-Director) co-founded Big Dance Theater in 1991. She has choreographed and co-created over 20 works for the company, ranging from pure dance pieces, to adaptations of found text, plays, and literature, to original works combining wildly disparate materials. Her work with Big Dance has been commissioned by Les Subsistances in Lyon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The National Theater of Paris/Chaillot, The Japan Society, The Walker Art Center, and many others, and has performed in scores of venues, most recently at Tanz Im August in Berlin.
Outside of Big Dance, Ms. Parson has created choreography for operas, pop stars, television, movies, theater, ballet and symphonies. She choreographed for David Byrne’s musical HERE LIES LOVE at both the Public Theater and The National Theater in London; David Byrne’s 2012 world tour with St. Vincent and a marching band; and for Byrne’s 2008 Brian Eno world tour. She also created the choreography for St. Vincent’s 2014 world tour, as well as her show with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Jimmy Fallon. Parson currently has a work in rep at The Martha Graham Dance Company and for Wendy Whelan commissioned by the Royal Ballet. Her dances are featured in the film Ride, Roar, Rise about David Byrne, among others. 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 such plays as Lucas Hnath’s Walt Disney at Soho Rep, Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando, Futurity at ART, as well as the string quartet ETHEL. She recently choreographed David Bowie/Ivo Van Hove’s new work Lazarus at New York Theatre Workshop.
Her awards include the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2014), an Olivier Award nomination in choreography (2015), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award (2014), USA Artists Grant in theater (2012), Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography (2007), two BESSIE awards (2010, 2002), and three NYFA Choreography Fellowships (2013, 2006 and 2000). BDT received an OBIE (2000) and the first Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award (2007). Parson has been nominated for the CalArts/Alpert Award seven times and has received three Lucille Lortel nominations (2014, 2012, 2011). She was a YCC choreographer at The American Dance Festival.
Since 1993 Parson has been an instructor of choreography at New York University’s Experimental Theater Wing. She was featured in BOMB magazine, and has written articles for Ballet Review, Movement Research Journal, and drawing for The Brooklyn Rail, as well as a piece for Dance USA on the state of dance/theater in the U.S. and given a talk on the use of Poetic Forms in adapting text at the Poetry Center. As an artist curator, she has curated shows including: Merce Cunningham’s memorial We Give Ourselves Away at Every Moment, Dancer Crush at NYLA and Sourcing Stravinsky at DTW. Parson tours a lecture on abstraction called The Virtuosity of Structure to universities and for audience development.
Paul Lazar (Co-Artistic Director of Big Dance Theater) is a founding member and co-artistic director, along with Annie-B Parson, of Big Dance Theater. He has co-directed and acted in works for Big Dance since 1991, including commissions from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Walker Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Classic Stage Company and Japan Society. Outside of Big Dance, Paul directed Christina Masciotti’s Social Security at the Bushwick Starr in 2015, Elephant Room at St. Ann’s Warehouse for the company Rainpan 43 in 2012, and Young Jean Lee’s Obie Award winning, We’re Gonna Die in 2011. He directed a new version of We’re Gonna Die in 2015, featuring David Byrne, at the Meltdown Festival in London. He also directed Bodycast: An Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Frances McDormand for the 2014 BAM Next Wave Festival; and Major Bang for The Foundry Theatre at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Paul is an Associate Member of The Wooster Group, acting in Brace Up!, Emperor Jones, North Atlantic and The Hairy Ape. Other stage acting credits include Tamburlaine at Theatre For A New Audience, Young Jean Lee’s Lear, The Three Sisters at Classic Stage Company, Richard Maxwell’s Cowboys and Indians at Soho Rep, Richard III at Classic Stage Company, Svejk at Theatre for a New Audience, Irene Fornes’ Mud at the Signature Theater, and Mac Wellman’s 1965 UU. He has acted in over 30 feature films, including Snowpiercer, The Host, Mickey Blue Eyes, Silence of the Lambs, Beloved, Lorenzo’s Oil and Philadelphia. His awards include two Bessies (2010, 2002), the Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award in 2007, and the Prelude Festival’s Frankie Award in 2014, as well an Obie Award for Big Dance in 2000. Paul currently teaches at New York University. He has also taught at Yale, Rutgers, The William Esper Studio and The Michael Howard Studio.

SHINING STAR: Nicole Birmann Bloom


Nicole Birmann Bloom has served in the Arts Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City as Program Officer for Performing Arts from 2008 and Program Coordinator from 1999 in development of festivals including DANSE, a French-American Festival of Performances and Ideas (2014), Words on Duras (2010), Act French (2005), and France Moves (2001); special series of French play readings featuring the works of Fabrice Melquiot (2015), Olivier Cadiot (2011), Véronique Olmi (2011), and Marguerite Duras (2010), with organizations including Martin E. Segal Theatre Center with Valère Novarina (2015), The Lark Play Development Center with Marion Aubert (2014) and Koffi Kwahulé (2010, 2009, 2003), and New York Theater Workshop with Joël Pommerat (2011); U.S. tours of theatrical productions of Germinal by L’amicale de Production (2016) at the Public Theater’ s Under the Radar Festival and at Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and productions of Ionesco and Pirandello by Théâtre de la Ville directed by Emmanuel Demarcy Mota in Ann Arbor, Berkeley, Chicago, Los Angeles, and at BAM in New York (2014, 2012), the choreography of Alain Buffard’s Baron Samedi (2014) at New York Live Arts and at On The Boards in Seattle, Washington, and circus performance including Compagnie XY’s production of Le Grand C (2013) at The New Victory Theater in NYC and at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina; U.S. premieres of Jonathan Capdevielle (2016), Gisele Vienne (2010) and Philippe Quesne (2005) presented by Performance Space 122; print publications including DANSE: A Catalogue (2015) and DANSE: An Anthology (2014) edited by Noemie Solomon, a collaboration with les presses du réel, and Dance Dialogues (between French and American choreographers) (2010); and from 2014 online publication of interviews with performing artists and curators for www.frenchculture.org.
Nicole has managed key performing arts grant programs supporting residencies and productions in France and the United States for FACE Foundation (French American Cultural Exchange) including The French/U.S. Exchange in Dance (FUSED) in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts from 2004, and The French American Fund for Contemporary Theater from 1999. Both programs – generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and French public funds from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and Institut français – are instrumental in building audiences and in contributing to the growth of sustainable networks of partnerships to enable innovative collaboration and prolific cultural exchange.
Early studies in modern dance in Paris and NYC at Merce Cunningham Studio, led to Nicole teaching movement and dance in Toulouse and Paris. She prized working with children. Later Nicole worked internationally with the Singapore Economic Development Board, and France Telecom’s Satellite Division before returning to NYC to join French Cultural Services in 1995 as executive assistant to the Secretary General, where she was absorbed by the excitement of the dance, theater, music, and poetry of international culture.
In 2010 Nicole was decorated with the insignia of Chevalier in the order of Arts and Letters presented by the French Government in a ceremony at 972 Fifth Avenue. In 2002 Nicole received the Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts (Set Designs and Costumes, Ceramics and Art du Feu) from the NYU School of Professional and Continuing Education.




Diamond $25,000
• 12 tickets to the Gala
• Step and Repeat Logo placement
• Recognition at the committee level in the new building
• Exclusive invitation to the donor recognition event for the opening of our building
• Prominent listing, Logo/Link on website event page and 2015-2016 Season Sponsor Listing
• Link and Logo inclusion in benefit section of weekly e-newsletter, 21,000+ recipients
• Inclusion in all Gala promotional and press materials as released
• Marketing presence and additional sampling opportunities at the event
• Inside Cover or Center Full page advertisement and sponsorship listing in program
• 12 complimentary tickets to the 2016-2017 Season and unlimited discount code


Platinum $15,000
• 12 tickets to the Gala
• Step and Repeat Logo placement
• Prominent listing, Logo/Link on website event page
• Link and Logo inclusion in benefit section of weekly e-newsletter, 21,000+ recipients
• Inclusion in all promotional and press materials as released
• Marketing presence and additional sampling opportunities at the event
• Full-page advertisement and sponsorship listing in program
• 10 complimentary tickets to the 2016-2017 season


Gold $10,000
• 10 tickets to the Gala
• 5 complimentary tickets to our 2016-2017 Season
• Full-page advertisement or acknowledgment in the PS122 Gala program, a contribution listing in Gala invitation, program and on PS122 website


Silver $5,000
• 6 tickets to the Gala
• 2 complimentary tickets to our 2016-2017 Season
• Half-page advertisement or acknowledgment in the PS122 Gala program, a contribution listing in Gala invitation, program and on PS122 website


Bronze $3,000
• 4 tickets to the Gala
• Business card size advertisement or acknowledgment in the PS122 Gala program and a contribution listing in Gala invitation, program and on PS122 website


VIP Single Ticket $1,000
• A single ticket with premium seating


Single Ticket $400
For further details on sponsorship, please click here or contact
Lori Vroegindewey at Lori@ps122.org or 212.477.5829 x302.


Gala Chair: Anne Delaney
Gala Committee: Rima Abdul-Malak, Philip Bither, Michael Bloom, Anne Carson, Sammy Chadwick, Kathleen Chopin, Alan Cumming, Cathy Edwards, Oskar Eustis and The Public Theater, Gillian Fallon and Ross Mollison, Olga Garay-English and Kerry English, Suzanne Geiss, Jesse Hernreich, Chet Kerr and Heather Thomas, Nunally Kersh, Jon Kinzel, Tommy Kriegsmann and Shanta Thake, Sheila Lewandowski, Josephine Linden, Aaron Mattocks, Joseph V. Melillo, Anita Merk, Laura Michalchyshyn, Tom Moore and Lionel Legault, Anson Mount, Russell Piccione, Brian Rogers, Stephanie and David Sack, Eli Scheier, Stella Schnabel, Tanya Selvaratnam, Kambiz Shekdar, Scott Shepherd, Patsy Tarr and 2wice Arts Foundation, Peter Taub, Timothée Verrecchia, and Mac Wellman

Can’t attend? Please consider a tax-deductible donation!

If you are unable to attend the Gala this year, please consider a tax-deductible donation to help us continue to provide incomparable experiences for audiences and the highest level of support for our artists.

Support PS122 today!


  • A survey of contemporary performance! https://t.co/tpKwveQnSF

  • Opening night for Rememberer by steven_reker_ and #openhouse at @bam_brooklyn. Get tickets asap:… https://t.co/IbsbtSMHn3

  • @nicoleblackman @carolmondanyc Interesting. What's your take on this?

  • Tmrw! @EmilyJCatalyst at @theinvisibledog backstitching, snacking, and chatting. #Quilts for #underthestars… https://t.co/Mpw5n490YM

  • RT @hyperjetlag: @melbfestival GREAT review: Faye Driscoll's Attendance turns audience into performers https://t.co/AQbr81FxvR @PS122 @Dan…

  • RT @andreakleine: Help Raquel Cion - an alumnus of @DixonPlace @PS122 @AfterglowFest @JoesPub @slipperroom @NYTW79 -Beat Breast Cancer http…

  • RT @hyperjetlag: Melbourne. Go to @PS122 favorite - Attendance in @melbfestival - if sold out @JonathnHolloway will personally escort you i…

  • RT @jhussie: @franceinnyc @PS122 @MoMAPS1 @bessieawards https://t.co/Eeg67tzqlf

  • RT @hyperjetlag: Tim Etchells "It’s not a utopian project. We argue a lot... that friction is important’ https://t.co/aJ3vwqn7J7 @Tim_Etche…

  • RT @hyperjetlag: Let the prop gathering begin! #coil17 @ps122 @wizbeff @ Greenpoint Loft https://t.co/wnZmfq6V7U

  • @hyperjetlag, your odor is causing respiratory issues. Might be time for a shower. https://t.co/FcWKglMZgs

  • Take that mic, Nicky! @captain_maybe @ La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club https://t.co/TAnKDQdWOy

  • The men of @captain_maybe! Happy 55th season! @ps122 loves you. @ La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club https://t.co/BfaNUY1ESs

  • @jhussie @DanspaceProject we love Limetree!

  • Hop hop hop lbergyberg with @danspaceproject out here astorplacenyc #astoralive! @ Astor Place https://t.co/d1K4MIhGib

  • Astor Alive! #eastvillage #villagealliance @ Astor Place https://t.co/vxwPMx66Im

  • Go Go Go Go https://t.co/tJXabWcs1n

  • RT @PPS_Placemaking: Watch, & tweet along, from the live stream for #PlacemakingWeek: https://t.co/KyH097TbWi #Placemaking https://t.co/0my…

  • Thank you, Frank (hollersessions) for the thoughtful gift you randomly found in a Washington… https://t.co/QYTKun0IEc

  • RT @RepBonamici: It’s #ArtsEdWeek! #BecauseOfArtsEd, students develop creative thinking skills.