Caught in flight

October 09, 1997|By Judith Green

David Parsons' best-known piece, "Caught," must be seen to be believed. An homage to the phenomenon known as the persistence of vision, it fools the eye into believing a solo dancer never touches the ground -- though he's actually as gravity-bound as you or I.

Using a hand-controlled strobe light, the dancer captures the in-flight moments of his jumps in a series of flashbulb images. We don't see what happens between the jumps: Our bedazzled eyes can't handle those split-second changes from light to dark.

The piece brought audiences to its feet in unfeigned wonder at the Columbia Festival this summer and at George Mason University in Virginia last month, where Parsons, 37, gave an electrifying (no pun intended) performance.

This signature work will be performed Saturday at Towson University, either by Parsons or lead dancer Jaime Martinez.

The rest of the program features the nine-member Parsons Dance Company. It includes "Bachiana" (music by J. S. Bach); "Union" (music by John Corigliano); "Rise et Fall" (music by the Turtle Island String Quartet); and an excerpt from "Reflections of Four" (music by Mozart).

The program ends with "Closure," a bold, breathtaking work of perpetual motion, with hard-edged lighting and an apocalyptic finish by Parsons' resident lighting designer, Howell Binkley.

Parsons Dance Company will perform at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday in Stephens Hall Theater on the Towson University campus. Tickets are $25. Call 410-830-2787.

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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