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15Jan/13

PARSONS DANCE

(photo by Jill Orschel)

The world premiere of former Parsons dancer Kate Skarpetowska’s BLACK FLOWERS is part of winter season at the Joyce (photo by Jill Orschel)

Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St.
January 15-27, $10-$59
212-242-0800
www.joyce.org
www.parsonsdance.org

Parsons Dance returns to the Joyce this week for its annual winter season, running January 15-27, during which the New York–based company will present new works in addition to selections from its repertory. The program is highlighted by the world premiere of Black Flowers by guest choreographer and former Parsons dancer Kate Skarpetowska as well as the new Dawn to Dusk, a multimedia piece that is part of Wolf Trap’s Face of America: Spirit of South Florida series. For Black Flowers, Skarpetowska, who contributed A Stray’s Lullaby to last year’s program, goes back to her native Poland, using the music of Polish composer Frédéric Chopin in depicting sacred trios of women in the midst of mourning rituals. Created during a specially commissioned trip to the Sunshine State, Dawn to Dusk features music by Andrew Bird and Tiempo Libre, photographs by Clyde Butcher, and video by Blue Land Media, transporting audiences to the natural environments of Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Everglades National Park. Also on the bill are Wolfgang, an elegant ballet for three male-female duos set to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; the 2007 ensemble piece In the End, set to such Dave Matthews Band songs as “When the World Ends,” “Satellite,” and “Out of My Hands”; and 1982 company favorite Caught, in which a solo dancer moves to the music of Robert Fripp while seemingly being trapped in midair by stroboscopic lights. There will also be a special family matinee on January 26 at 2:00 that consisting of Dawn to Dusk, Wolfgang, and In the End. The current troupe who will perform at the Joyce includes Abby Silva Gavezzoli, Eric Bourne, Steven Vaughn, Melissa Ullom, Christina Ilisije, Jason Macdonald, Ian Spring, Elena D’Amario, Lauren Garson, and apprentice Leeann Ramsey.

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