175 Eighth Ave.
Chelsea, NY 10011
Description: Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer David Parsons. Parsons Dance is committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are both engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world. Parsons Dance tours nationally and internationally, including an annual season in its home community of New York City. Parsons Dance includes eight full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 80 works choreographed by David Parsons.
The company will present a family matinee program that features kid-friendly Parsons Dance classics. "Dawn to Dusk" celebrates the diverse people and landscapes of Southern Florida. Set to the music of Grammy-Award winner Andrew Bird and Miami's legendary Tiempo Libre, Parsons Dance presents stunning choreography integrated with streaming high-definition footage of the dancers who also appear onstage. The backdrop fills the stage with powerful photographs by Clyde Butcher and footage captured by Blue Land Media of the dancers in four of Florida's most precious wildlife parks. Audiences will experience these locations, with their delicate ecology and unique challenges that have been preserved and protected for our use. From primitive to urban cultures and environments, David Parsons' newest work takes the audience on a journey from Dawn to Dusk.
The program also includes David Parsons' 2005 Mozart-inspired work, "Wolfgang," ensemble classic, "In The End," with music by Dave Matthews Band, and David Parsons' stroboscopic masterwork, "Caught."
Venue Description: The Joyce Theater, founded in 1982, is a performance venue in Chelsea dedicated to dance and the related arts of music, design, and theater. The Joyce supports and promotes all styles of dance and strives to educate a diverse audience about this art form. It has hosted more than 270 New York City-based, national, and international dance companies and welcomes an audience of about 140,000 each year to its 472-seat theater. The space originally was the Elgin Theater, a 1941 movie house, but was renovated by architect Hugh Hardy into the patterned brick, art-deco building it is today. Since 1996 The Joyce has also operated Joyce SoHo in lower Manhattan, a more intimate dance center equipped with two dance studios and a 74-seat performance space. The Joyce partners with NYC schools, arts institutions, and community organizations to bring dance education to diverse audiences and integrate the arts into classroom learning. Its school programs reach more than 2,000 students and teachers in K-12th grade. The Joyce also hosts Family Matinees, specially priced afternoon performances geared toward audiences ages 6-14 and their families. To further increase children?s exposure to dance, the theater offers a Joyce Jr. membership. The Joyce?s Dance Humanities Series offers post-performance discussions with artistic directors and dancers, and its free Dance Talks program (held at Joyce SoHo) presents conversations and open rehearsals for artists and audiences. Its sister venue, Joyce SoHo, is located at 155 Mercer Street, between Houston and Prince Streets. The Joyce Theater box office is open daily noon-6pm and through curtain time on performance days.
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