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Parsons Dance Company with the Ahn Trio - 'Rise and Fall,' 'Caught,' 'Slow Dance,' 'Swing Shift'
By Lewis Whittington - December 4-6, 2003, Annenberg Center, Philadelphia
Parsons' opening work, "Rise and Fall," scored to music by the Turtle Island String Quartet about the drudgery of everyday life, presented the company, dressed in vibrant clubby velvet and nylon cutaways, falling over each other in lines and circles. Dancers cluster, then break away in flash solos -- when a dancer collapses, they are hoisted up, nudged to carry on and on. The signature pose -- foot held up and arms making cryptic gestures around the head -- reminded me of dances of Siva, suggesting inner peace and harmony against the volatile current of daily life.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - 'Shining Star', 'Caught', 'Reminiscin'', 'Revelations'
By by Ana Abad-Carles - September 6, 2005 -- Sadler's Wells, London
The first piece of the evening was “Shining Star”, choreographed in 2004 by American choreographer David Parsons to the music of Earth, Wind & Fire. It opened with a section choreographed for ten dancers. It was a promising start, but unfortunately, the work as a whole did not live up to expectations.

American Ballet Theatre - 'Raymonda' divertissements, 'Without Words,' 'Within You Without You'
By Jeff Kuo - February 4, 2004 -- Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
"Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison" (Parsons/Reinking/Weir/Welch to songs of George Harrison).This clearly is the feel-good-look-good piece of the evening. And, I mean that in a good way though for the most part the choreography is just sort of there.

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Parsons Dance Company 2005-2006, 2006-2007
I enjoyed the performance but I kept thinking a lot of Paul Taylor and some of Twyla Tharp's "Movin' Out." It's good clean entertainment, just like PTDC is."

Aeros: Parsons, etc. + Romanian gymnasts
It was fun trying to figure out which choreographer might have choreographed which sections. I saw parts that reminded me very much of Moses Pendleton's and David Parsons' choreography (I've never seen Daniel Ezralow's). I'd like to find out who did what and see whether I was correct. My brother thought the opening section was by David Parsons, because the effects with the lighting reminded him of Parsons' Caught."


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