Artistic Director David Parsons
Founded in 1985 by David Parsons and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley, Parsons Dance is known around the world for choreography and dancers bursting with unstoppable energy. After many years, Parsons Dance returns to White Bird with a tribute to the glorious brash and funky sounds of New Orleans Jazz, featuring David Parsons’ effervescent Whirlaway and Trey McIntyre’s spirited Ma Maison.
– The company has toured extensively, traveling to more than 445 cities, in 30 countries, across 5 continents.
– The company launched an initiative in 2016, – Autism-Friendly Programs, featuring sensory-friendly workshops and relaxed performances for audiences of all abilities.
– Parsons, began his professional dance career after graduating from the Alvin Ailey Dance School by understudying the Paul Taylor Dance Company. He joined the company very shortly afterward as a principal dancer. He danced with the company for 8 years.
– David Parsons has created more than 75 works throughout his career.
– David Parsons was on the first White Oak tour, famously associated with Mikhail Baryshnikov, performing alongside him and Mark Morris.
– In addition to choreographing numerous works for the stage, Parsons even choreographed and directed the dance elements of the turn of the millennium celebration in Times Square in 2000.
– In one of his signature works “Caught” choreographed in 1982, he used a strobe light to catch the dancers when they’re in mid-air on a dark stage, creating an illusion for the audience where they never see the dancers touch the ground.