Tuesday, November 13, 2018

State Theatre New Jersey presents Parsons Dance This Thursday


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Parsons Dance

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 8pm
State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick
TICKETS: $19-49
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre New Jersey presents Parsons Dance. The program includes Wolfgang by David Parsons, The Duet from Finding Center by David Parsons, Ma Maison by Trey McIntyre, Microburst by David Parsons, Caught by David Parsons, and Whirlaway by David Parsons.

Parsons Dance is a New York City-based contemporary American dance company, internationally renowned for its energized, athletic ensemble work. Founded in 1985 by Artistic Director David Parsons and Tony® Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley, the company has toured to more than 447 cities, 30 countries and five continents and has appeared at such notable venues as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Sydney Opera House, Maison de la Danse, Teatro La Fenice and Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.  

Parsons Dance performs works selected from the vast and varied repertory of more than 75 works created by David Parsons as well as other established choreographers who are invited to re-stage works from the American canon on its dancers. Through its newly launched GenerationNOW Fellowship, the company offers commissions to young American choreographers whom Parsons mentors through the creative process.

Deidre Rogan, Elena D'Amario, Eoghan Dillon, Geena Pacareu, Justus Whitfield, Parsons Dance, Shawn Lesniak, Zoey AndersonParsons Dance is committed to providing enriching experiences beyond its performances as it seeks to engage audiences of all ages through education and outreach programs; through post-show discussions, open rehearsals, studio showcases, video workshops, open company classes, summer workshops for pre-professional dancers, and in-school workshops for public school students.  The company is especially proud of its Autism-Friendly Programs initiative, launched in 2016, that features sensory-friendly workshops and relaxed performances for audiences of all abilities.

All these activities are driven by the vision of Artistic Director David Parsons, who, for more than 30 years, has combined his choreographic gifts and talent for training highly skilled dancers with a real passion for the art form.

About the Founder

David Parsons has enjoyed a remarkable career as a director, choreographer, performer, master teacher, and producer. He joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company where he was a principal dancer for eight years. He also toured with MOMIX, appeared with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris in the first White Oak tour, and launched his choreographic career by setting work on the Taylor Company and on the National Ballet of Canada, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva Dance Company, and the Paris Opera Ballet.

Parsons was a guest artist with New York City Ballet for four years before he began choreographing shows such as Aida at Arena di Verona. Some of his other works include MarĂ­a de Buenos Aires at the Skirball Center, Fool’s Fire, and A Knight’s Tale. He is also known for choreographing and directing the dance elements for Times Square 2000, the 24-hour festivities in Times Square celebrating the turn of the Millennium. Parsons has received commissions from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, the Spoleto Festival, and Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam, among dozens of others. Parsons has received three Choreography Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment of the Arts; the American Choreography Award; the Dance Magazine Award; a Howard Gilman Fellowship, and the Dance Masters of America Annual Award.  In May 2018, he received the Capezio Award, one of the most prestigious awards in dance.

About State Theatre New Jersey

The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through arts education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.