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Parsons Dance Hits Nazareth Arts Center Stage, May 5

  • Published: March 26, 2012


  • Nazareth College Arts Center presents Parsons Dance
  • Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m. (pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m.
  • The company’s performance will feature “Caught,” David Parsons’ unforgettable signature stroboscopic tour-de-force.
  • Two world Premieres A Stray's Lullaby and Round My World
A Stray's Lullaby

A Stray's Lullaby

Round my World (photo left). Parson's Dance world premieres (photos by Krista Bonura)

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Tickets available at Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office (585) 389-2170

Parsons Dance Hits Nazareth Arts Center Stage, May 5

The Parsons Dance performance at the Nazareth College Arts Center on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m. will feature the company’s signature piece Caught, as well as Round My World and A Stray’s Lullaby, their two 2012 world premieres, first performed at the Joyce Theater this past January. A pre-performance lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Tickets to Parsons Dance are $30-$60. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170 OR visit us online:

Program Highlights

David Parsons’ stroboscopic masterpiece, Caught, features more than one hundred leaps in six minutes by a solo dancer who is repeatedly trapped in mid-motion by the strobe lights, which create an illusion of flight. After thousands of performances, worldwide, for nearly thirty years, Caught continues to thrill audiences at every performance.

"Round My World is set to intriguing, multidimensional, digitally-layered music by renowned solo cellist and composer, Zoe Keating. Keating makes intricate, complex and entrancing ribbons of sound which David Parsons wraps and unwraps around six dancers. Frequently creating circular shapes, the dancers propel, twist, tangle and flow; they rise and fall, forcibly rush and gently meander. They encounter and separate, connect and disconnect, to each other, to the music and to audiences who are mesmerized by their fluidity and athleticism.” (

"A Stray’s Lullaby (by former Parsons dancer Katarzyna Skarpetowska, in collaboration with composer Kenji Bunch) takes four down and out characters on a quest for salvation — a perfect example of why there’s more to Parsons’ appeal than pleasant leaps and bounds.” (downtownexpress)

About Parsons Dance

Described as “One of the hottest tickets in contemporary American dance,” (Michael Crabb, The Toronto Star), Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company, committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating and performing American works of extraordinary artistry that engage and motivate diverse audiences.

Parsons Dance tours nationally and internationally, including an annual season in its home community of New York City. Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured an average of 32 weeks per year, to a total of more than 250 cities, 35 countries, six continents and millions of audience members. Many more have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network and the Discovery Channel.

Artistic Director/Founder David Parsons

Dancer/choreographer David Parsons, who has been described as “one of the great movers of modern dance,” (Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times), founded Parsons Dance in 1987 with lighting designer Howell Binkley. Since then, he has created more than 80 works for the company, through commissions from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Spoleto Festival and Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam, among others. His works have also been performed by renowned companies such as Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, English National Ballet, Feld Ballets/NY, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theatre and Paris Opera Ballet.

He choreographed and directed the dance elements for Times Square 2000, the 24-hour festivities in Times Square celebrating the turn of the Millennium, viewed live on television by billions of people worldwide.

Parsons is a recipient of the 2000 Dance Magazine Award, as well as the 2001 American Choreography Award, for his work with AEROS, a production featuring the Romanian Gymnastic Federation broadcast on the Bravo Channel. Mr. Parsons also received the Dance Masters of America Award in July 2011.


The Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office is located on campus, at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618. Regular box office hours are Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.

Sponsor Information

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2011-2012 Subscription Series is Sponsored by M&T Bank, Electronic Field Productions and the New York State Council on the Arts. The Family shows are Sponsored by Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester.

Parsons Dance is Sponsored by Alan Cameros, Susan S. Collier, Ph.D., Helga and Paul Morgan, Mr. George Scharr and Dr. Linda Rice, David and Marjorie Perlman.

Nazareth College Arts Center is the Rochester region's premiere mid-size theater and venue for world-class dance, children's theatre and international entertainment. The Arts Center brings to Rochester many of the same shows enjoyed by audiences at New York's Lincoln Center or the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The 2010 Princeton Review names Nazareth College the 6th Best College Theater in the country (up from #9 in 2009.) The Nazareth College Arts Center is the home of Rochester Children's Theatre and the performance home of Rochester City Ballet and Garth Fagan Dance. For additional information, visit

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