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Park City Performing Arts Foundation Presents Parsons Dance Company, 12/15

Park City Performing Arts Foundation Presents Parsons Dance Company, 12/15

Parsons Dance Company leaps into The Eccles Center spotlight on Saturday, December 15. Blending sexy athleticism and joyous movement, the troupe performs a mixed repertory show of new works and iconic pieces – including David Parsons' signature "Caught," which features a soloist leaping more than 100 times in six minutes with strobe lights creating the illusion of flight. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Since 1985, this contemporary company of nine virtuosic and gorgeous dancers has brought precision and exuberance to stages around the globe. Founder and artistic director, David Parsons, who has been called "one of modern dance's great living dance-makers" (New York Magazine) and "one of the great movers of modern dance" (The New York Times), is a prolific choreographer with a vision of building audiences for contemporary dance. Maintaining a repertory of more than 80 works (20 of which have commissioned scores), the company stays true to its mission "to deliver positive, affirming and life-enriching experiences to audiences world-wide… to create and perform dance works of extraordinary artistry that engage and motivate diverse audiences."

Yes, Parsons Dance Company is fun! So very enjoyable that one Washington Post reviewer admitted to a "twinge of guilt that comes from finding Parsons so much fun." And critics repeatedly tout the dancers for their energy, sexiness, exquisite technique and daredevil flair. The company's feel-good style is accompanied by artistry and depth. As The Toronto Star puts it, "Parsons provides choreography that's consistently intelligent, witty, well-crafted, and humane."

Formerly a lead dancer with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Mr. Parsons has received the Dance Magazine Award, the prestigious American Choreography Award and commissions from companies such as New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. His company has toured the world and recently created a piece for Wolf Trap's "Face of America" series, which commissions choreographers to create dances in national parks.

Parsons Dance Company returns to Park City with a mixed repertory performance that soars. The performance is a collection of works, including the renowned "Caught." The company will also participate in PCPAF's Student Outreach Program.


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