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!
The beautiful Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, NM is the frequent home of our presenter Performance Santa Fe. Despite the challenge of a 7,000-foot performance elevation, we had a wild time with two packed houses, including a student show with a super-excited Q&A afterward. Audiences like these remind us why we live to bring our work to the rest of the country and world!
Fort Collins, Colorado is home to The Lincoln Center. It's a big enough auditorium that our performance can really stretch and breathe--but the steep rake of the orchestra still provides that famous Parsons intimacy for every patron. Wish we'd had more time to explore this laid-back college town before moving on!
The Duncan Theater in Lake Worth, Florida is a perennial Parsons favorite. It isn't small, but the whole place feels intimate--continental-style seating and a shallow auditorium make every seat a good one. One thing I love seeing on tour is how different venues address the same road-house logistics. Here, creatively spike-taped stage weights anchor booms in storage to keep their loads balanced...and visible in the dark!
Ogden’s Val A. Browning Center hosted over 500 students this morning to watch a fun and engaging program of Parsons favorites before tomorrow’s full-length evening show. We love meeting the next generation of dance audiences!
The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston has survived dozens of hurricanes and provided its community with enriching culture and entertainment for over a century. Parsons Dance is proud to be a regular visitor to the neighborhood.