North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

Parsons Dance to perform contemporary pieces Feb. 1 at North Central College

Published on 12/17/2012

Globally renowned, contemporary dance company Parsons Dance will perform extraordinary artistry Feb. 1 at North Central College.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $25, $15 and $10; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Parsons Dance, with its exuberant personality and movement, fuses modern dance with the discipline and precision of a classical company. Known for its interpretation of engaging and uplifting works, Parsons Dance presents a spirited performance that is among the hottest tickets in contemporary dance.

Parsons Dance was formed by David Parsons, whom The New York Times calls “one of the great movers of modern dance.” Parsons has enjoyed a remarkable career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer of dance. He has created more than 80 works for the company, through commissions from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company, among others.

Born in Chicago and raised in Kansas City, Parsons received honorary doctorates from the University of Kansas City and University of Missouri. He is a recipient of the 2000 Dance Magazine Award, the 2001 American Choreography Award and the 2011 Dance Masters of America Award.

Parsons Dance tours nationally and internationally, including an annual season in its home community of New York City. Since 1985, the ensemble has toured an average of 32 weeks per year to a total of more than 350 cities, 35 countries, five continents and millions of audience members. Many more have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network and the Discovery Channel.

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.

Navistar is underwriting sponsor of North Central College’s 2012-2013 Fine and Performing Arts Season. The season is partially supported by USG Corporation, JPMorgan Chase and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.