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The Parsons Dance Company - Fine Dining, Caught, Scrutiny [DVD] [2002]

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  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Subtitles: German, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2002
  • ASIN: B000065UHF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,492 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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DVD Special Features:

Introduction by David Parsons
Arthaus Musik Trailer
Picture format: 4:3
Sound: PCM format
Menu languages: GB, D, F, SP
Subtitles (introduction): D, F, SP
Region code: 2,5


If you like your contemporary dance to be full of abstraction and metaphor, The Parsons Dance Company is unlikely to move you greatly. However, if you believe that dance should be about something, then you'll appreciate the group's work and its leader's choreography. Rather more widely known in his native US than elsewhere, David Parsons spent nearly 10 years with the Paul Taylor Company before forming his own group in 1987. The seven dances here are each inspired by a very specific idea such as social interaction, male companionship or judgmental behaviour.

"Reflections of Four" is both the most interesting and, in some ways, the most irritating piece. Taking as its theme "the strength of women", it's a tour de force for the troupe's female members while also being patronising to the point of sexism--no doubt there's a reason for the dance being staged in four inches of water other than for the girlies to get their leotards wet, but you can almost hear Barry White grunting "Feel mah lurve". Elsewhere, it's a woman who gets her top pulled off during "Scrutiny" for no obvious reason, while David Hasselhof lookalike Parsons reserves the clinical appraisal alluded to in the title for his female dancers. These odd peculiarities aside, this is a successful and very approachable collection.

On the DVD: The Parsons Dance Company on disc has the dances interspersed with extra material in the form of interview excerpts with Parsons--Roger Thomas

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