David Parsons was born in Illinois and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. From 1978-1987 Mr. Parsons was a leading dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, where Mr. Taylor created many roles for him in works such as Arden Court, Last Look and Roses. Companies with which he has made guest appearances include the New York City Ballet, the Berlin Opera, MOMIX, and the White Oak Dance Project. Mr. Parsons founded the company, which bears his name, with lighting designer,Howell Binkley in 1987.
As artistic director Mr. Parsons has created over 60 works on the Parsons Dance Company, having received commissions over the years from eminent presenters such as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Hancher Auditorium/University of Iowa, the Spoleto Festival, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada, Ruth Eckert Hall, Het Muziektheater, Dance Theater Workshop, and the American Dance Festival. He has also choreographed works for the Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada among others. The list of companies that have performed his works include Paris Opera Ballet, Feld Ballet/NY, Netherlands Danse Theater, English National Ballet, Ballet National de Nancy, Hubbard Street Dance Company, BatSheva Dance Company of Israel among many others.
Mr. Parsons choreographed and directed the dance elements for Times Square 2000, the festivities in Times Square for 24 hours celebrating the turn of the Millennium, which was watched by billions of people all over the globe. Mr. Parsons was a recipient of the Dance Magazine award for the year 2000. In 2001 Mr. Parsons served as a director/choreographer for AEROS, a production featuring the Romanian Gymnastic Federation. Mr. Parsons choreographed The Pied Piper in collaboration with designer Michael Curry and composer John Corigliano for the American Ballet Theater that premiered May 18, 2001 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Mr. Parsons was appointed Artistic Director of Dance for the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.