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PARSONS DANCE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY PRESENTS “REMEMBER ME”
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY
Friday, April 8, 2011 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 23, 2011 – “It does not take long to see why Parsons and his company are one of the hottest tickets in contemporary American dance … Parsons provides choreography that’s consistently intelligent, witty, well-crafted and humane.” (Toronto Star) Parsons Dance returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 8 p.m. in a collaboration featuring the music and the lead vocalists of the East Village Opera Company (EVOC) to present the latest version of acclaimed “Remember Me,” a dynamic performance experience featuring a high-energy mix of contemporary dance, opera and rock music. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. This tour of Parsons Dance is made possible by a grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This modern ballet tells a compelling tale of a tragic love triangle filled jealousy and rivalry, and features electrifying choreography by David Parsons; cutting-edge music performed by Tyley Ross and AnnMarie Milazzo, the lead vocalists of the Grammy-nominated rock opera band East Village Opera Company; stunning costumes by designer Austin Scarlett of “Project Runway”; and dramatic lighting and multimedia effects by Tony Award-winning designer Howard Binkley. “Remember Me” had its world premiere in New York City in January 2009 to a sold-out audience at the Joyce Theater and is set to become a nationally broadcast television special. The Village Voice praised the production’s “eye-popping effects, excellent showbiz-saavy performers and lusty, sensual movement,” and raved, “Parsons enters the realm of pop spectacle with a vengeance!”
For 26 years, Parsons Dance has been committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating works of amazing artistry that are uplifting and engaging to dance novices and enthusiasts alike. The 10-member company tours an average of 32 weeks per year and has appeared at prestigious venues and festivals in more than 235 cities in 30 countries across six continents. Parsons Dance has also made appearances on PBS, Bravo, A&E and the Discovery Channel, and performed live in Times Square during the 24-hour Millennium New Year’s Eve celebration, which was broadcast to millions across the globe. Parsons Dance is also the only dance company in history to perform at all three Spoleto festivals – Italy, Australia and the United States – in a single season. Musicians Dave Matthews, Michael Gordon and Milton Nascimento have all been commissioned to score music for original works by Parsons, and the company has also collaborated with many other leading artists including Julie Taymor, William Ivey Long, Annie Leibovitz, Donna Karan and Alex Katz.
Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the great movers of modern dance,” David Parsons has enjoyed a remarkable career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer of dance. The Chicago native was a leading dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company before founding his own company in 1985. He has since created more than 70 works for Parsons Dance, in addition to numerous commissions from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jacob’s Pillow and the Spoleto Festival, among others. His work has been performed by numerous companies around the world including the Paris Opera Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Hubbard Street Dance and Batsheva Dance Company. In 2007, Parsons was honored to be the first contemporary choreographer to stage work at the centuries-old Arena di Verona, one of Italy’s most respected operatic venues.
“The group’s charisma is inescapable and infectious … electrifies the classics for a new generation.” (Time Out New York) Founded in New York in 2004 by Peter Kiesewalter and Tyley Ross, the East Village Opera Company instantly garnered attention from New York’s music community with its awe-inspiring concerts at Joe’s Pub of New York’s Public Theatre. Initially planned to be a one-time project, the ensemble was quickly signed to Decca/Universal Records and earned praise from classical and rock critics and fans alike, making appearances in both eclectic rock clubs and prestigious classical concert halls. EVOC have appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, the Miss USA Pageant and the world premiere of the film “The Da Vinci Code” in Hong Kong. The company has also been honored at the 2006 Emmy Awards for its PBS Special, “EVOC Live.” EVOC has released three critically acclaimed albums: 2004’s “La Donna, 2005’s “East Village Opera Company” and 2008’s “Olde School.”
This tour of Parsons Dance is made possible by a grant
from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support
from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets for PARSONS DANCE and the EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY’S “REMEMBER ME” are $22, $36, $44. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu.
About Great Performances at Mason
Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
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