Posted by blk1 on 12th January 2008
What a night! It’s January 9th and we are walking around the city in light winter jackets, casually, strolling to find a restaurant on 8th Avenue and 19th street. Just take your pick: Italian, Greek, Mexican, Thai, Seafood. We went with Nisos, Greek right across from the Joyce and Tuvia did his best with a house salad just to be cooperative to the group. We met up with Marie France and Don and heard the fresh details of their recent safari adventures in South Africa and Zimbabwe. We had a perfect amount of time to reconnect after the holidays and cross the street for dessert, at the Joyce Dance Theater.
THE DAVID PARSON DANCE PROJECT!
Ten young, gorgeous men(5) women(5). Using both traditional and contemporary music David Parsons, dance genius offered something stimulating for all dancing tastes. And the finale, using the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire was new to Tuvia and brought me back to the 70′s . What romance, what energy, what beauty of bodies moving together. I have seen this group three times: originally at the Joyce a few years ago with my 92 St Y ladies and then in Tel Aviv and then I didn’t remember the name, until the concert began and I watched Tuvia lighten up. And when I remembered where I had seen them, I realized that they are based in NYC and hence last night back home with good friends. I was the cultural hero of the night! By the end I was bopping pretty animatedly and no one seemed to care. They were probably bopping in their heads.
One piece before the end was another I had seen them present before. One dancer, very buff, is solo, moving to dissonant sounds from one pool of light to the next, we are engaged. Then the music changes and a strobe light is turned on. The light flicks off he moves, the light turns on he is frozen in a new pose, in a new place. The strobing continues, faster, faster and he is always in a new place in a new pose with the light returns. Often in mid air. Spectacular, magical. You don’t hear him move. How does he do it? What will he be doing in 10 years from now? What a night!