Parsons Dance Company spell bounds at the Joyce Theater until May 28th and this is a must see production. These dancers are glorious in what they can do, Starting off with the classical Wolfgang, choreographed by David Parsons, it featured the company’s eight dancers in shades of burgundy and beige twirling in couplets, feeling like the rite of spring. Romantic and energetic, you can not take your eyes of these high flying olympians. Set to Mozart that was actually first made for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
The second piece was a solo called Reflections, choreographed and performed by Abby Silva Gavezzoli. A longtime dancer and collaborator of Parsons. Set to “Claire de Lune” this elegant piece was about the exploration of joy and the body’s extension.
Ma Maison, a dance commissioned by the New Orleans Ballet Association and choreographed by fabulous Trey McIntyre. Brought all the feelings and color of New Orleans. From a a funeral, to jazz and the partying of Mardi Gras, this quirky yet phenomenal piece of dance theatre captivated and was the highlight of the evening. Recorded music from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, had the dancers, wearing skull masks, white gloves, white jazz shoes, and Jeanne Button’s brightly colored costumes.
Microburst, composed and musically performed by Avirodh Sharma had the dancers moving with the rhythmic music. Dressed in black fringe which matched the beats with their highflying jumps, fancy footwork, and pas de deux’s that looked like a skillful mosh pit. The vibrancy was infectious and a showcase for Geena Pacareu, Eoghan Dillion, Zoey Anderson and Justus Whitfieldall, with choreography by David Parsons and the lighting design of Howell Binkley (lighting designer for most of the evening’s works). The dancers’ joy of movement was matched only by the buoyancy of the music.
Caught is a masterpiece in timing. Created in 1982 this solo dance by David Parsons, creates dancing in flying moments caught in the instant as if in a flash. With the help of a strobe light, a score by Robert Fripp, and perfect darkness, The performer’s body is suspend in midair for much of the piece and appears to never to touch down. It is thrilling to watch. With choreography and lighting concept by David Parsons, it showcased the solo artistry of Zoey Anderson. The otherworldliness of the piece is captured in the lighting design by Howell Binkley. The piece features 100 jumps in five minutes.
Finishing off the evening was Whirlaway, a work inspired by the sounds, smells, and history of New Orleans, born from a collaboration with the legendary composer-singer-songwriter Allen Toussaint and commissioned by the New Orleans Ballet Association.
Parsons Dance continues it’s run at the Joyce through Sunday, May 28, 2017. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this amazing dance company that brings joy, athleticism and energy to this magical art form. You will be mesmerized.