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The Parsons Dance Company: Fine Dining, Caught, Scrutiny

4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The company performs 7 works: Fine Dining, Brothers, Reflections Of Four, Scrutiny, The Envelope, Caught, and Nascimento, set to music by David Linton, Stravinsky, Mozart, Michael Raye, Rossini, Robert Fripp, and Milton Nascimento, performed by the Danish

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Product Details

  • Directors: Thomas Grimm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HIUVY0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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David Parsons had studied gymnastics before being introduced to dance through Alvin Ailey's association with Leonard Bernstein's "Mass". Some years later, after a brief fling with audio engineering work, he joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company, eventually becoming one of the male lead dancers. After hours, he experimented with his own choreography and some of these pieces came to be presented at New York City's Dance Theater Workshop. Elliot Feld purchased one such work and it was this confidence, in Mr. Parson's talent, that lead David to starting the Parsons Dance Company in 1987.
"The Parsons Dance Company" DVD features seven separate pieces that consist of two different styles of video translation.
The first three works on the disc, "Fine Dining", "Brothers" and "Reflections of Four", take full advantage of the capability of video as a recording medium. These pieces incorporate set design, editing, composition and lighting that would be difficult to translate into a live theater setting.
The last four works, "Caught", "Scrutiny", "The Envelope" and "Nascimento" are performed on a more or less traditional dance stage, with minimal set design and a surreal lighting sensibility. These four works appear to proceed as live events, with the camera work and editing used mostly to support documentation of the stage choreography.
Each of the seven pieces is introduced by David Parsons and a short verbal portrait of the principle dancers, in the Parsons Company, is presented towards the end of the disc.
The music chosen for the dances is by David Linton, Igor Stravinsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Fripp, Michael Raye, Gioacchino Rossini and Milton Nascimento.
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Filming a dance piece designed to be performed live is, like any other translation, a compromise at best. The beauty and athleticism here is amazing. Black tights against a black background in some pieces made the dancers legs difficult to see. Maybe I was supposed to be distracted from their legs in the water piece, Reflections of Four, or not notice them in the silliness of The Envelope. In live performance, in was breathtaking to see David Parsons floating above the stage in his signature piece, Caught. In the recording, it was difficult to tell what was going on. Wonderful performances, but also see the company live if you can.
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David Parsons not only owns the dance company, but is also the sole choreographer. The troops are all experienced perfomers and dancers, and the theme of each dance piece is so expressive and overt, I use this DVD when introducing ballet and dance to a novice. Most of the performers, and especially David Parsons, exhibit the decipline and skill to dance classical ballet if required.
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Awesome dance DVD!!!!!!!! Very thought provoking. The dancers are amazing and the choregorgraphy is original, artistic, surreal, and avant garde. A featured dance, The Envelope is perfect! Enjoy!
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The talent of this dance company is absolutely amazing. I love their combination of excellence in motion and expression with whimsey, although some pieces are definitely more serious. I would highly recommend it. The pieces are rather short, 15 to 20 minutes or so, which makes it convenient when you have limited time, or you can watch all of the sets. My favorite is "The Envelope". It actually made me laugh out loud.
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