Parsons Dance and East Village Opera Company Set West Coast premiere of Remember Me

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Parsons Dance - Remember MeParsons Dance and East Village Opera Company bring the West Coast premiere of Remember Me, the most ambitious and talked about production created by Parsons Dance in its 22-year history, to the Carpenter Center on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

“The Dance Series at the Carpenter Center has grown in subscriptions and patrons in the last year because we’re committed to presenting fresh, contemporary, and relevant work in dance,” says Carpenter Center Executive Director Michele Roberge, “We’re thrilled that we’re able to present the West Coast premiere of Remember Me as part of this exciting series!”

Remember Me is a thoroughly modern re-telling of a classic story of tragic love with contemporary dance, live and recorded music, video projections, complex digital lighting and visual effects, featuring Parsons Dance and the lead vocalists and music of the Grammy-nominated rock opera band, East Village Opera Company. David Parsons’ electrifying choreography is infused with costumes by Project Runway designer Austin Scarlett and dramatic new lighting by Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley. Kicking off the evening’s program is David Parsons’ seminal work, CAUGHT, a stroboscopic tour-de-force, featuring a solo dancer defying gravity and flying above the stage. The soloist performs more than 100 leaps in less than six minutes. CAUGHT has been performed hundreds of times, worldwide, for more than 28 years.

Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of dancer/ choreographer David Parsons. Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured an average of 32 weeks per year to a total of more than 235 cities, 30 countries, six continents and millions of fans. They have been featured on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network and the Discovery Channel. They have played at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France; Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy; and Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Based in New York City, the company has performed at The Joyce Theatre, City Center, New Victory Theatre, Central Park Summerstage, The Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The World Trade Center. It is the only dance company in history to perform all three Spoleto Festivals—Italy, Australia, and Charleston, S.C.—in a single season.

David Parsons has enjoyed a remarkable career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer of dance. He was a leading dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, where Mr. Taylor created many roles for him. Parsons is a recipient of the 2000 Dance Magazine Award as well as the 2001 American Choreography Award. He has created more than 70 works for Parsons Dance and has received commissions over the years from world-renowned dance companies including The American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, and the Spoleto Festival. In 2007, The New York Times’ Jennifer Dunning called David Parsons “one of the greatest movers of modern dance.”

The East Village Opera Company, co-founded by Tyley Ross and Peter Kiesewalter, combines the musicianship of a powerhouse rock band and string quartet to reinterpret classic opera arias into high-adrenaline rock songs. The band has recorded three CDs and tours extensively; introducing crowds around the world to their fresh take on this classic art form. East Village Opera Company vocalists Annmarie Milazzo and Tyley Ross perform onstage with Parsons Dance in Remember Me. Milazzo is an arranger, composer and lyricist whose work can be heard on and Off-Broadway, in feature and independent films, and even in the newest Cirque du Soleil offering, La Reve, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. She has shared the stage with such artists as Carlos Santana, Angelique Kidjo and Jonatha Brooks. Tyley Ross has been performing since his early teens as a street busker, a cartoon voice-over specialist, an actor and a professional singer-songwriter with two solo albums to his credit. He was hand picked by Pete Townshend to play the title character in the Canadian production of The Who’s Tommy, and later starred in Miss Saigon on Broadway.

Single tickets for Parsons Dance and East Village Opera Company are $45 with discounts for seniors and students. Parsons Dance is part of the Carpenter Center’s 2010-11 Dance Series, which concludes in April with the West Coast premiere of David Dorfman Dance’s Prophets of Funk. All tickets can be purchased by calling the Carpenter Center Arts Ticket Office at (562) 985-7000 or by visiting This presentation is made possible in part by Season Media Partner KPCC 89.3FM.

The Parsons Dance with East Village Opera Company performance is Saturday, March 5, 2011, 8:00pm, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

Tickets for the event are $45; $40 for seniors. To purchase tickets call (562) 985-7000, online at, or visit the Box Office, Hours are Monday-Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, noon-4pm.

In Brief: The most ambitious and talked about production created by Parsons Dance in its 22-year history, Remember Me is a high-energy mix of contemporary American dance, opera and rock music. It combines smoldering, sexy athleticism with exhilarating live vocal performances, resulting in an original and dynamic performance experience that will have audiences leaping to their feet!

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