‘He’s in your work whether you think about him or not’: Paul Lazar channels John Cage for Tanz im August

Photo (c) Ian Douglas



Paul Lazar is in Berlin to pay homage to avant-garde composer and theorist John Cage. His performance piece “Cage Shuffle,” is based on one minute stories from Cage’s 1963 work “Indeterminacy.” The American actor, director and dancer delivers the stories in a random order to a choreographed dance. Annie-B. Parson, Lazar’s wife, developed the dance sequence from different projects the couple worked on over the past 25 years with Big Dance Theater.

Lazar says: “I think that Cage is somebody who is a presence in the consciousness of experimental theater makers: he is in your work whether you think about him or not.”

Lazar will perform Cage Shuffle this Saturday and Sunday at Deutsches Theater Berlin. His German Premiere is free and open to the public.