Parsons Dance

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Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer David Parsons.  Parsons Dance is committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are both engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world.  Parsons Dance tours nationally and internationally, including an annual season in its home community of New York City.  Parsons Dance includes eight full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 80 works choreographed by David Parsons. Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured more than 350 cities, 35 countries, five continents and millions of audience members.  Many more have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network and the Discovery Channel.


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Production History

Parsons Dance  | Open: 01/15/13 Close: 01/27/13
"One of the great movers of modern dance" (The New York Times) and "one of modern dance's great living dance-makers" (New York Magazine), David Parsons and Parsons Dance return to The Joyce Theater from January 15-27, 2013, with a program that includes two new works: Dawn to Dusk by David Parsons, and Black Flowers by former Parsons Dancer Katarzyna Skarpetowska.

 

The company will also present a family matinee program that features kid-friendly Parsons Dance classics on Saturday, January 26 at 2pm.  Both programs will include David Parsons' stroboscopic masterwork Caught.  The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19thStreet), NYC.  Tickets range in price from $10-$59.  Ticket prices are subject to change.  Tickets are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or online at Joyce.org.

 

Dawn to Dusk celebrates the diverse people and landscapes of Southern Florida.  Set to the music of GRAMMY-Award winner Andrew Bird and Miami's legendary Tiempo Libre, Parsons Dance presents stunning choreography integrated with streaming high-definition footage of the dancers who also appear onstage. The backdrop fills the stage with powerful photographs by Clyde Butcher and footage captured by Blue Land Media of the dancers in four of Florida's most precious wildlife parks. Audiences will experience these locations, with their delicate ecology and unique challenges that have been preserved and protected for our use.   From primitive to urban cultures and environments, David Parsons' newest work takes the audience on a journey fromDawn to Dusk.

 

To create Face of America Series: Spirit of South Florida, David Parsons and members of Parsons Dance traveled to Florida in November 2011 with a ten-person film crew and members of Wolf Trap's production team. They spent ten days immersed in the natural environments of Big Cypress, Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Everglades National Parks, overwhelmed by the diversity of the landscapes and amazed by the indigenous wildlife. The dancers and filmmakers merged these environments to capture the beauty of these parks on film, in site-specific work. Dawn to Dusk was commissioned as part of Wolf Trap's Face of America SeriesSpirit of South Florida.

 

Katarzyna Skarpetowska, last season's guest choreographer and former Parsons' dancer, will explore her Polish roots in a World Premiere entitled Black Flowers featuring the music of Poland's greatest composer, Frédéric Chopin.  Six dancers will guide the audience through a mystic lamentation and a mourning ritual in which women always appear in a universally sacred trio.  Her 2012 commission proved a major hit with Joyce audiences, and was described in The New York Times as "A dance with shadows in it, mysteries . . . original . . . refreshing . . . made you think."

 
The program also includes David Parsons' 2005 Mozart-inspired work, Wolfgang; ensemble classic, In The End, with music by Dave Matthews Band, and David Parsons' stroboscopic masterwork, Caught.
 

PROGRAM A:

Tue-Wed at 7:30pm; Thu-Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2pm (Jan 19 only) & 8pm; 

Sun at 1pm & 5pm

Dawn to Dusk, New Work by David Parsons, Black Flowers, World Premiere by Guest Choreographer Kate Skarpetowska, Wolfgang, CaughtIn the End

 

 

PROGRAM B (Family Matinee): Sat, Jan 26 at 2pm

Dawn to Dusk, New Work by David Parsons, Wolfgang, CaughtIn the End

 

Dancers:  Abby Silva Gavezzoli, Eric Bourne, Steven Vaughn, Melissa Ullom, Christina Ilisije, Jason Macdonald, Ian Spring, Elena D'Amario, Lauren Garson and apprentice Leeann Ramsey.

 

 

 "Awesome dancing and a backbeat to knock it all home.  Eye-popping digital effects.  Excellent showbiz-savvy performers.  Perpetually smoldering.  Lusty, sensual movement."

-Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice


About the Company: Parsons Dance

Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer David Parsons.  Parsons Dance is committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are both engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world.  Parsons Dance tours nationally and internationally, including an annual season in its home community of New York City.  Parsons Dance includes eight full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 80 works choreographed by David Parsons. Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured more than 350 cities, 35 countries, five continents and millions of audience members.  Many more have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network and the Discovery Channel.

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Parsons Dance Summer Shows  | Open: 06/06/12 Close: 06/07/12
The program will include Round My World, a new piece by David Parsons that debuted at the Joyce earlier this year, David Parsons' 2003 classics Swing Shift and Hand Dance, with music by Kenji Bunch, as well as, the seductive samba rhythms of Nascimento. Caught, Parsons’ masterwork that creates the illusion of flight through the use of light and the athleticism of a solo dancer, will also be featured in both performances.

Dancers:  Eric Bourne, Sarah Braverman, Melissa Ullom, Steven Vaughn, Christina Ilisije, Jason Macdonald, Ian Spring, Elena D’Amario, and apprentice Christopher Bloom. 


About the Company: Parsons Dance

Parsons Dance is committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world. The company tours regionally, nationally and internationally.  Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured an average of 32 weeks per year, to a total more than 235 cities, 30 countries and six continents.  Many others have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network, and the Discovery Channel. Millions watched Parsons Dance perform live in Times Square as part of the internationally broadcast, 24-hour Millennium New Year’s Eve celebration.  In New York City, Parsons Dance has been featured at The Joyce Theater, City Center, New Victory Theater, Central Park Summerstage, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and The World Trade Center.  For more information, visit parsonsdance.org.

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