Parsons Dance makes its home in NYC, but is on the road performing throughout the U.S. and rest of the globe 32 weeks out of the year. With its athletic, visceral, vibrant, lusty, and exhilarating approach to movement, a Parsons piece always keeps the audience on its toes. Whether it’s the dynamic yet lyrical full length dance rock opera, “Remember Me,” or the innovative virtuosity of “Caught,” it’s hard to stay seated for all the electricity that is generated onstage during a PD performance. Along with the company’s great virtuosity, the frequent collaborations with renowned visual artists and musicians such as Robert Rauschenberg, Donna Karan, Earth, Wind and Fire, Dave Matthews, and Milton Nascimento add to the excitement of this consistently innovative company.
David Parsons founded Parsons Dance in 1987 and since then has created more than 70 pieces, with commissions from many prominent organizations like the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, ABT, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and more. As a former leading dancer with the Paul Taylor Company, Parsons has been called “one of the great movers of modern dance” by the NY Times’ Jennifer Dunning, and is undisputedly one of the leading choreographers working today. He earned the Dance Magazine Award in 2000 and the Choreography Award for 2001, and continues to be in demand for the magnetic work he creates for both his own company and others.
Parsons Dance is committed to audience development and education, offering outreach programs, as well as maintaining a constantly innovative presence on the most prestigious stages around the world.
Parsons Dance Information
- Venues: Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue; for the majority of the year, Parsons Dance tours nationally and internationally
- Public Transportation: Depends on venue. For Joyce Theater: subway lines A, C, and E at 14th Street; L train at Eighth Avenue; 1 train at 18th Street/7th Avenue; and buses M11, M14, and M20
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue
- Performances/Programs: Parsons Dance maintains a repertoire of more than 70 different works choreographed by artistic director, David Parsons. Of these 70, they tour with about a dozen works arranged on a couple of different programs. Parsons’ signature six-minute solo, Caught, which makes impressive use of a strobe light, is on most programs. Aside from the two weeks spent annually at the Joyce Theater, Parsons Dance generally performs for one or two days in each touring location
- Ticket Prices: Tickets for Joyce Theater season are $40–$50. Sunday-night performances may be cheaper. Tickets for most other performances are generally $30–$50. See venues for specific prices and discount offers
- Membership: Parsons Dance does not offer annual membership opportunities. Donations are welcome in any amount with a minimum of $5.