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May 03, 2011

Parsons Dance with the East Village Opera Company Come to PlayhouseSquare for the Finale of DANCECleveland's Season

Parsons Dance with the East Village Opera Company

Come to PlayhouseSquare for the Finale of DANCECleveland's Season

"Athletic, entertaining and mesmerizing" The New York Times

CLEVELAND (April 29, 2011) DANCECleveland will bring its 2010-11 season to a close with a showbiz-savvy performance by Parsons Dance featuring music and lead vocalists of the East Village Opera Company, co-presented with Opera Cleveland, on Saturday, June 11 at 8:00pm at the Ohio Theatre in PlayhouseSquare.

Tickets starting at $25 can be purchased by calling at 216-241-6000 or online at www.playhousesquare.org.

The evening will feature Remember Me, choreographed and directed by David Parsons. A high-energy mix of contemporary American dance, opera and rock music, Remember Me combines the athleticism of Parsons Dance with exhilarating live performances from the lead vocalists of the Grammy-nominated rock opera band, East Village Opera Company. The work features costumes by Project Runway designer Austin Scarlett and dramatic lighting by Tony Award-winner Howell Binkley.

Remember Me creates a storyline that connects EVOC's signature operatic arias with Parsons' original choreography resulting in a thoroughly modern re-telling of a classic story of tragic love. The Washington Post says "Parsons gorgeous, daredevil dancers keep people gaping."

Also on the bill is Parsons' signature masterwork, Caught, an unforgettable stroboscopic tour-de-force, featuring a solo dancer defying gravity and flying above the stage. It has been performed hundreds of times, worldwide, for more than 28 years.

Parsons, who has enjoyed a remarkable career as a performer, dancemaker, director and producer of dance, has created more than 70 works for his company. In 2007, he was the first contemporary choreographer to stage work at the centuries-old Arena di Verona (Italy), where he choreographed Verdi's Aida. Parsons previously was a lead dancer with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, where Taylor created many roles for him in works such as Arden Court, Last Look and Roses.

Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured some 32 weeks each year at prestigious theaters and festivals around the world. It is the only dance company in history to perform at all three Spoleto Festivals Italy, Australia and the U.S. in a single year. Many have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network and the Discovery Channel, and millions watched the company perform live in Times Square as part of the internationally broadcast, 24-hour Millennium New Year's Eve celebration.

"Parosns is one of modern dance's great living dance-makers." New York Magazine

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