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Parsons Dance's 30th Anniversary Gala to Honor Paul Taylor, David Parson & Robert Battle, 1/14

Parsons Dance's 30th Anniversary Gala to Honor Paul Taylor, David Parson & Robert Battle, 1/14

Parsons Dance, one of the nation's most popular and acclaimed modern dance companies, will honor three legends of the dance world -- Paul Taylor, David Parsons and Robert Battle -- at its gala on Tuesday, January 14 at The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street). The event, a celebration of the company's 30th Anniversary Season, will include a performance at The Joyce, followed by dinner, dancing and a live auction at the nearby Chelsea home of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, 547 West 26th Street (transportation will be provided). For tickets and additional information, please visit http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=6830 or call (212) 869-9275.

This special 30th Anniversary celebration will honor the legacy of three collaborative artists who had a deep impact on each other. Paul Taylor hired David Parsons as a young dancer and mentored him into an acclaimed choreographer. Robert Battle was hired by Parsons who encouraged the young dancer to expand his own creative interests in choreography.

To recognize these three forces in the dance world, the special program for opening night will include the Paul Taylor Dance Company presenting excerpts from Taylor's Cloven Kingdom, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater alumnus Clifton Brown in Parsons' Caught, and Robert Battle's The Hunt, performed by Parsons Dance. Carolyn Adams, former Paul Taylor Dancer (1965-1982) during which time she danced with David, and co-founder of the Harlem Dance Foundation will speak about her experiences with all three honorees and their history.

To celebrate 30 years, the company will expand its mission and give young American choreographers a chance to create new works for Parsons Dance on stages across the country. Parsons Dance announces the newly developed GENERATION NOW DANCE PROJECT. David Parsons will use his company to build opportunities for America's next generation of dance-makers.

The Parsons Dance season at The Joyce will continue through January 26 with a program that features the world premiere of David Parsons' Introduction, along with audience favorites from the company's repertoire, such as Nascimento Novo, The Envelope and, of course, Caught. Also seen this engagement will be Battle's The Hunt.

Tickets for performances January 15 - 26, priced from $10 - $59 ($26 - $44 for Joyce members), can be purchased by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or via the internet at www.joyce.org. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (@ 19th street) in Chelsea. For more information, please visit parsonsdance.org

David Parsons (Artistic Director/Founder) has enjoyed a remarkable career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer of dance. Mr. Parsons was born near Chicago and raised in Kansas City. He was a leading dancer with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, where Mr. Taylor created many roles for him in works such as Arden Court, Last Look and Roses. He is a recipient of the 2000 Dance Magazine Award, the 2001 American Choreography Award, as well as, the 2011 Dance Masters of America Award. Mr. Parsons has created more than 70 works for Parsons Dance. He has also 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, to name a few. His work has been performed by Paris Opera Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Nederlands Danse Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Hubbard Street Dance and Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, among many others.


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