For Immediate Release
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Parsons Dance to Perform with Allen Toussaint
in a World Premiere Commissioned by NOBA
WHO: World renowned artists of Parsons Dance join local legend Allen Toussaint for a world premiere performance commissioned, produced and presented by the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA)
WHAT: Hailed by the Toronto Star as "one of the hottest tickets in contemporary dance," the always-popular Parsons Dance closes NOBA's 2013-14 season with its own brand of high-voltage dances. The extraordinary program will open with three of choreographer and Artistic Director David Parsons' most critically-acclaimed works followed by a NOBA-commissioned world premiere by Parsons with New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint and his band. This work is the fourth piece to premiere in New Orleans as part of the NOBA Choreographer/NOLA Musician Commission Initiative.
Tickets ranging from $20-$80 may be purchased through the NOBA Box Office at (504) 522-0996 or online at www.NOBAdance.com, and through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups.
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8 PM
WHERE: Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
1419 Basin Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
WHY: Parsons and Toussaint will perform the world premiere as part of NOBA's ongoing, nationally-recognized Choreographer/NOLA Musician Commission Initiative. Past commissions have included the critically acclaimed pairings of Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) with Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 2008 and 2010, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Nicholas Payton in 2012. NOBA believes that the creation of new work keeps American dance viable and a relevant part of the American arts legacy. This initiative helps artists overcome key challenges in the creation process by providing financial, technical, and promotional support; space to create and perform the work; and the opportunity to collaborate with live music. Also, the initiative helps increase work and visibility for the artists, while enhancing the image of the region and the branding of New Orleans as an important contributor to the field of dance and music.
In reviewing a performance of the collaboration of TMP and Preservation Hall, The Chicago Tribune commented, "...despite the city's diminished population and resources, new cultural ideas still flourish there. Together, they conjured the spirit of an indestructible city: New Orleans...the first city of American music. This evening reminded an enthusiastic Chicago audience why New Orleans matters."
A rare opportunity for youth: With the generous support of Chevron, a cast of eight students ages 13-18 of the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance pre-professional program have been chosen to rehearse alongside Parsons veteran dancer and Metairie native Abby Gavezzoli in a work choreographed by Parsons to Toussaint's famous "Yes We Can Can." The new piece will debut as part of the Main Stage production on May 10, at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.
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The world premiere has been commissioned by the New Orleans Ballet Association with generous support from Kerry Clayton and Paige Royer.
Additional support is provided by a Community Partnership Grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Inc.
NOBA is the Central Gulf region's premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance. NOBA's dynamic Main Stage season annually features a diverse array of world-class companies and artists. Each year NOBA provides concerts, classes, workshops and lectures to more than 30,000 area dance enthusiasts of all ages. In addition, NOBA's nationally recognized award-winning education programs provide the youth of our community access to quality arts programs with over 5,000 free dance classes and workshops annually at ten sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the NEA, a Federal agency; a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans, and is administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans (ACNO); a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and is administered through ACNO.