David Parsons, the co-founder and artistic director of New York-based Parsons Dance Company (which he founded in 1985 with Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley) has worked with the likes of Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, Mikhail Baryshnikov, American Ballet Theatre and so many more, and he has been producing other people’s works for 20 years.
“Like Robert Battle, who now runs Alvin Ailey,“ Parsons said. “I produced his first works. I was in Paul Taylor’s company. Paul Taylor was in Martha Graham’s company… we are a part of history.”
Parsons’ history includes working with Michael Curry (co-designer of The Lion King puppets) alongside another Midwesterner: Trey McIntyre, who suggested Parsons bring PDC to Boise, which he is, to perform five exciting dances, one of which is McIntyre’s Hymn.
“David was a real role model for me as a young dancer,” McIntyre said. “Another giant, cornfed guy from Kansas was making this huge mark on the dance world. I really looked up to him.”
As sought after he is, one of Parsons’ greatest achievements is his internationally renowned and respected dance company. “My goal was to keep a company very vital, very small and very powerful. We’re like a SWAT team,” he said with a laugh.