Parsons dances with the (classical) starsDecember 3, 2010
Parsons dances with the (classical) stars
02 December 2010
David Parsons recalls the feeling of sitting in New Yorks Town Hall, seeing
the fusion of opera and rock music performed by the East Village Opera Company,
and suddenly feeling electrified by a form of music hed never much connected
They blew me away, the Parsons Dance founder/ choreographer says. I was totally into their reincarnation of this music, a lot of which is 300 years old. It sounded so fresh, I thought, man, this is something I would like to reintroduce to young people and old people alike, because these are the classic melodies in our society.
The result, Remember Me, is a multimedia spectacle combining dance, aerial work, digital projections, intensive lighting design and East Village Operas iconoclastic take on Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Schubert. Thirteen pieces are combined to portray a classic love triangle with a decidedly modern bent.
Its a real emotional journey for the audience, this contemporary vocabulary with these older songs, Parsons says. Its about letting people really feel the emotion of these characters. I wanted people to know exactly what was going on, not to have big question marks in front of their faces like you do at a lot of dance theater.
Opening the evening will be Parsons classic Caught, which uses strobe lighting to catch isolated moments in time, creating the illusion of dancers flying and levitating. Created in 1982, the work has become the companys signature. People get upset if they dont see it, Parsons says, likening it to a bands biggest hit. Theres not a lot of contemporary dance companies that have those kinds of pieces in their repertoire, so I think of it as a gift that I made it.