Each year, Parsons Dance looks forward to an annual two-week season at the beautiful and intimate Joyce Theater in New York City. Not only are the audiences sophisticated and the crew spectacular, but we also get to settle into a nice long run instead of the one-night-only tour life we're used to. Add the premiere of one or more new works choreographed by David Parsons and lit by company co-founder Howell Binkley (this year, we had...three!) and a splash of glamour from our gala opening night, and it makes for a memorable experience indeed.
This year we honored musical theatre composer and librettist--and Parsons collaborator--Stephen Schwartz, who played a live performance of Children of Eden's "Stranger to the Rain" on piano for a duet performed by two of our dancers, sung by talented vocalist Shoshana Bean.
Parsons Dance recently participated in the Virginia Arts Festival, which has for over 20 years presented arts and culture to a metropolitan area comprising almost 2 million people. At the bottom of this photo of Virginia Beach's Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, you can spot footlights for our company premiere of Trey McIntyre's "Ma Maison". Our student matinee audience loved the humor of our dancers performing as masked skeletons, and the evening's grown-ups loved the variety of tunes from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band too!