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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS PARSONS DANCE Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at 8 p.m.
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FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 12, 2013 – “David Parsons is a whiz at whipping up entertaining dances,” raves the New York Post about this gifted choreographer, who is recognized among his peers as one of the most successful, enduring and prolific artists working today. His New York City-based company, Parsons Dance, returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at 8 p.m., bringing an enticing evening of dance that conveys sheer joy, exuberance and fun. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
Hailed as “one of modern dance’s greatest living dance-makers” by New York Magazine, Artistic Director David Parsons founded Parsons Dance in 1985 with lighting designer Howell Binkley, after years as a leading dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. He has since created more than 70 works for his company, in addition to commissions by the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow and Spoleto Festival, among others. His work has been performed by Paris Opera Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Nederlands Danse Theatre, English National Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the BatSheva Dance Company of Israel. In 2007, Parsons was the first contemporary choreographer to stage work at the ancient Arena di Verona in Italy, where he choreographed a production of Verdi’s “Aida.” He is the recipient of the 2000 Dance Magazine Award, the 2001 American Choreography Award and the 2011 Dance Masters of America Award.
“It does not take long to see why Parsons and his company are one of the hottest tickets in contemporary dance … Parsons provides choreography that is consistently intelligent, witty, well-crafted and humane,” says the Toronto Star about Parsons Dance, which has spent close to 30 years building new audiences for contemporary dance through engaging and uplifting choreography that evokes sensuality, athleticism, ingenuity and virtuosity. Along with an annual season in New York City, the company tours an average of 32 weeks each year and has appeared at prestigious venues and festivals in more than 350 cities in 30 countries across the globe. Television audiences have had the opportunity to experience Parsons Dance through its appearances on PBS, Bravo, A&E and the Discovery Channel. The company has collaborated with countless diverse artists throughout the years, from such musicians as Dave Matthews, Milton Nascimento, The Ahn Trio and Turtle Island Quartet, to such fashion designers as Donna Karan, Austin Scarlett and Missoni.
In addition to choreography and performance, Parsons Dance is committed to audience development and arts education for participants of all ages and all levels of artistic experience. Parsons Dance regularly offers outreach opportunities including post-show discussions, master classes, open rehearsals and studio showcases. The company also offers annual summer study programs for professional and pre-professional dancers, attracting students to New York from across the United States and several foreign countries. Parsons Dance is excited to launch a new educational program in spring 2014 that will bring focus on education, creativity and wellbeing to students in Harlem’s Democracy Prep Public Schools.
Program subject to change.
Tickets for PARSONS DANCE are $46, $38 and $23. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.
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, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.
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