Parsons Puts Fresh Spin On New Season
The Parsons Dance Company is getting ready to leap back on stage for its 28th season. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report.
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Inside their rehearsal space in Midtown, the Parson's Dance Company is perfecting its spins, jumps and other moves for another season at the Joyce Theatre. David Parsons founded the company in 1987 and says year after year, it's about pushing his dancers further to keep the audience on its toes.
"It's really about taking some risks for me as a choreographer and trying new ideas and just keeping it fresh," says Parsons. "When you have a company this long you need to challenge your performers, you need to challenge your board, you need to challenge your staff. And that's my job."
This season will feature three separate programs, each presenting one or two world premieres, including Parson's piece "Run to you."
Set to the music of Steely Dan, Parsons says the 23-minute work is about the many ups and downs of humanity.
"It's really kind of just like a bad vibe comes in for just a little while and they get over it," explains Parsons. "It's kind of like what we are dealing with right now in society. There's a lot of vibes out there right now and we just want to overcome that and it's very celebratory in the end and that's what we wanted."
Parsons will also present a world premiere of "Portinari," based on the Brazilian artist Candido Portinari. He was best known for paining the two large scale murals called "War" and "Peace" for the United Nations General Assembly building more than 50 years ago.
"When the delegates walk into the General Assembly they see 'War' and when they walk out they see 'Peace.' They've taken them back to Brazil to restore them and we did a performance based on that and it's a duet," says Parsons.
And this season, you can once again catch "Caught." Parsons says audiences have come to expect the company's signature five-minute strobe light piece every year.
"It's one of those pieces where people say, 'Come see Parsons with me.' And when they get there they really expect to see this work. It's almost like Alvin Aileys' revelations for us, except ours is very short and that's why we repeat it," says Parsons.
Performances run through February 6 at the Joyce Theatre in Chelsea.
For more information, visit joyce.org.