Repertory

REPERTORY

 

ALMAH

(2015)

Choreography by Katarzyna Skarpetowska

Music by Ljova

Costumes Naomi Luppescu

This New Work was commissioned by Parsons Dance for its 2016 Joyce season as a part of its new initiative to support emerging choreographers, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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CAUGHT

(1982- 6 minutes)
Choreography by David Parsons
Lighting Concept by David Parsons
Lighting Design by Howell Binkley
Music by Robert Fripp – “Let The Power Fall”
Costume Design by Judy Wirkula

David Parsons’ stroboscopic masterpiece, Caught, features more than 100 leaps in six minutes by a solo dancer who is repeatedly trapped in mid-motion by the strobe lights, to create an illusion of flight.  After thousands of performances, worldwide, for nearly thirty years, Caught continues to thrill audiences at every performance.

David Parsons’ unforgettable signature stroboscopic tour-de-force, features a solo dancer defying gravity and flying above the stage.  Described by one critic as “one of the great pieces of recent times.”

“David Parsons’ Caught is a stunner.  You won’t get tired of it.  And you won’t be able to stop wondering:  How’d they do that?”

~ Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

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FINDING CENTER

2015 World Premiere
Choreography by David Parsons
Visual Art by Rita Blitt
Lighting by Howell Binkley
Music by Thomas Newman
Costumes by Naomi Luppescu
Projections by Eamonn Farrell

 

Finding Center was commissioned by the Harriman-Jewell Series to commemorate its 50th season of bringing the best of the performing arts to Kansas City.  Very special thanks to long time-friend and collaborator, Rita Blitt, whose exhibition  “Finding Center” provided true inspiration for the work.

“As the dance progresses, the dancers express, through Parsons’s choreography, a sense of Blitt’s art. It’s infectious to watch as the dancers – usually in groups of men, women, or both combined, but occasionally through fleeting solos and duets – seem never to stop moving through Parsons’s dynamic, non-stop, arm-swinging and quick-change-of-direction movement style.”

~ Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance

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HAND DANCE

(2003 – 5:27 Minutes)
Choreography by David Parsons
Lighting Design by Howell Binkley
Musical arrangement by Kenji Bunch
Costume Concept by David Parsons

 

“Ripe with whimsy, the work poked fun at ballet movement. The dancers emulated arm movements of ballet dancers, only with exaggerated, bent wrists, and they playfully mocked the four little swans dance from the ballet “Swan Lake.””

~ Steve Sucato, The Buffalo News

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IN THE END

(2005- 18:54 minutes)
Choreography by David Parsons
Lighting Design by Howell Binkley
Music by Dave Matthews Band
Costume Design by Mia Mcswain

 

In the End was commissioned by The Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.  Additional support was provided by the Jim and Linda Ellis Foundation, in memory of Jim Ellis.

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KIND OF BLUE

(2001- 9:24 minutes)
Choreography by David Parsons
Lighting Design by Burke J. Wilmore
Music by Miles Davis* – “So What”
Costume Design by Mia McSwain

“Snapping their fingers, rotating their shoulders, and sticking their noses unmistakably in the air whenever someone else does a solo [the dancers] epitomize nonchalant mastery.”

~ Sylviane Gold, Newsday, A Wordless Heaven

“Sexy and stylish, costumed in black, each of the four dancers brought their particular brand of virtuosity to the mix.”

~ Elizabeth Govaerts, Lincoln Star Journal

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NASCIMENTO

(1990- 19 minutes)
Choreography by David Parsons
Lighting Design by Howell Binkley
Music by Milton Nascimento
Costume Design by Santo Loquasto
Milton Nascimento – Vocals Guitar, Tulio Mourao – Keyboards , Roberthino Silva – Drums, Percussion, Joao Baptista – Bass, Ronaldo Silva – Percussion, Vanderlei Silva – Percussion

 

“By the time Nascimento is over, we’ve ascended to that wordless heaven where only dance can take us.”

            ~ Sylviane Gold, Newsday, A Wordless Heaven

“As in Taylor’s Esplanade, which parts of Nascimento vaguely resemble, the dancers never stop moving, the fun is infectious, and each of the company’s eight dancers (particularly de Jesus, D’Amario, and Ahmad Simmons) has an opportunity to shine.”

~Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance

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SLOW DANCE

(9:25 minutes- 2003)
Choreography by David Parsons
Lighting Design by Howell Binkley
Music by Kenji Bunch
Costume Design by A. Christina Giannini

 

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SWING SHIFT

(2003- 22 minutes)
Choreography: David Parsons
Lighting: Howell Binkley
Music: Kenji Bunch
Costume Design by Mia McSwain

 

“The piece built gradually to its frenzied climax, with limbs entwined in a series of stylistically disconnected movements that were alternately abrupt and fluid.”

            ~ Robert Eisele, Kansas City Star

 

“Nothing could be more electric than this kind of collaboration that includes able and energetic dancers performing engaging original choreography with live original music played by passionate musicians.”

~ Karren L. Alenier, Culturevulture.net

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THE ENVELOPE

(1984 – 12 minutes)
Choreography by David Parsons
Lighting originally by Edward Effron, Currently by Howell Binkley
Music by Gioacchino Rossini – “Arrangement of Overtures”
Arranger of the Score: Charles Gouse. Can be performed live with violin, cello and clarinet
Costume Design by Judy Wirkula

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UNION

(1993- 9 minutes)
Choreography by David Parsons
Lighting Design by Howell Binkley
Music by John Corigliano – “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra: II Elegy”
Music by Wayne Shorter, Nerfertiti
Costume Design by Donna Karan
Staged by Elizabeth Koeppen