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Parsons Dance Company Staff Pick

When: Sat., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Phone: 435-655-3114
Email: boxoffice@ecclescenter.org
Price: $20-69 general admission, discounts for seniors, children, Summit County students and teachers
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When the internationally renowned Parsons Dance Company comes to Park City this week from New York City, it will bring eight dancers, three dances and one contemporary masterpiece: Caught. Premiered in 1982—four years before David Parsons founded his contemporary dance company—and now staged by companies around the world, the solo work is widely regarded as one of the most innovative pieces of modern dance. For six minutes, Caught seems to suspend the dancer in a gravity-defying mid-air performance, as a pulsing strobe light illuminates a series of 100 grand jetes around the stage, creating the illusion of flight. Athletic and powerful—words often used to describe Caught—are also applicable to Parsons Dance Company as a whole, and the three other pieces scheduled for this performance will not disappoint. Presenting some of the choreographer's newest work, Whirlaway is an upbeat celebration of beauty, motion and music that feels like an impromptu party in a smoky bar on the bayou. Performed by the full company, Whirlaway is set to a mix of jazz and funk by celebrated jazz composer Allen Toussaint. Hymn is an intimate but also highly energetic duet by Trey McIntyre, a former Parsons Company dancer, with lots of Parsons flavor, including some stunning footwork more often seen in ballet than in modern dance. And, finally, Bachiana—a series of duets set to music by Bach—plays with the forms and formalities of court dance. In addition to the one-evening performance, Parsons Company members will be teaching an open master class. (Katherine Pioli)

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