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January 27, 2009
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Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 at 8 p.m.

Featuring George Mason University 2007 dance alum Billy Smith 


FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 27, 2009  “The enthusiasm of Parsons Dance is as infectious as its energy is amazing.” (New York Post) Since 1985, this dazzling New York City company has delighted audiences worldwide, performing contemporary American dance with extraordinary artistry and uplifting spirit. This exuberant ensemble performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. “[David Parsons’ choreography] goes down like ice cream … his dances are entertaining, good-humored and handsome.” (Village Voice) A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

The performance features a program composed of works that founder and artistic director David Parsons has choreographed over the past 25 years, including 1982’s "Caught," which features a solo dancer defying gravity and flying above the stage; 2006’s "Nascimento Novo," borne out of Parsons’ longtime collaboration with legendary Brazilian composer Milton Nascimento (and set to Nascimento’s sensual percussion music); and 2005’s "In the End," a visually stimulating, athletic, full-throttle dance that will leave both audiences and dancers breathless, set to the highly popular music of the Dave Matthews Band. The performance also features Billy Smith, a 2007 George Mason University dance alum, who is now a regular member of Parsons Dance.

Described by The New York Times as “snazzy, sly and sexy,” Parsons Dance is committed to making dance entertaining and accessible for a diverse number of people, from newcomers to seasoned dance enthusiasts. Composed of 10 full-time dancers, Parsons Dance maintains a repertory of more than 70 works choreographed by David Parsons, 20 of which feature originally commissioned scores by leading composers and musicians including Dave Matthews, Michael Gordon and Milton Nascimento. The company has also collaborated with other leading artists, including Julie Taymor, William Ivey Long, Annie Leibovitz, Donna Karan and Alex Katz. Parsons Dance has appeared on PBS, Bravo, the A&E Network and the Discovery Channel. In addition, the company has performed at some of the most prestigious theaters, festivals and venues in the world, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Joyce Theater, Central Park Summerstage, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Maison de la Danse (Lyon, France), Teatro La Fenice (Venice, Italy) and Teatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Parsons Dance is also the only dance company in history to perform at all three Spoleto Festivals – Italy, United States and Australia – in a single season.

A former lead dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, David Parsons has had a remarkable career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer of dance. In addition to his work with Parsons Dance, he has received numerous commissions from the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Dance Festival and the Spoleto Festival, to name a few. His work has also been performed by the Paris Opera Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Nederlands Danse Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Hubbard Street Dance and BatSheva Dance Company of Israel. “One of the great movers of modern dance.” (The New York Times)


The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.

Tickets for PARSONS DANCE are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

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