Three Courtesies

Choreography: David Parsons
Music: Johann S. Bach

David Parsons has often choreographed lighthearted works, and his Three Courtesies is no exception. Set to a score by Bach, Three Courtesies uncovers the naughty realities beneath the formal manners of another era. The setting of the ballet is a ballroom where everything seems set for formal social ocassion. Mr. Parsons shatters audiences’ expectations by reversing the stereotypical roles of men and women and adding unexpected gestures to the ballet’s more traditional movements. Sean Carroll of The New Hampshire has called Three Courtesies “…both graceful and visually witty.”

World Premiere: 1987, Parsons Dance Company

Kansas City Ballet Premiere: September 1995, Kansas City, Missouri

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