David Parsons’ stroboscopic masterpiece, Caught, features more than 100 leaps in six minutes by a solo dancer who is repeatedly trapped in mid-motion by the strobe lights, to create an illusion of flight. After thousands of performances, worldwide, for nearly thirty years, Caught continues to thrill audiences at every performance.
David Parsons- Caught (excerpt)
Since its premiere in 1982, when Parsons performed it himself, Caught has been presented around the world by his own company and by the many modern and ballet companies. The solo is now danced by both men and women, all of whom embody the style that Parsons has developed with his dancers over the years. “It’s very natural, it’s very fluid and it’s very powerful,” Parsons explains. “That’s what we look for when we’re casting in other companies.”
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will present the work during the company’s Lincoln Center performances- June 11 through June 22, 2014.