Photo by Nicholas Burnham

Photo by Nicholas Burnham

David PArker

David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin direct The Bang Group, a New York-based, rhythm-driven, theatrical dance troupe which they founded in 1995.  Parker's, whose work spans contemporary and percussive forms has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship in choreography, a Move Award from Dance Theater Workship (now NYLA,) an Art+Action Award from Gibney Dance Center, and a finalist award at The International Choreographic Competition in Groningen (NL,)  He was further commended by the Kurt Jooss Awards jury in Essen, Germany, the Nijinsky Awards jury in Monte Carlo, and with a New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award in Design for his collaboration with Dutch fashion designers Melanie Rozema and Jeroen Teunissen.  The Bang Group has been a ubiquitous presence in New York City's "downtown" dance scene with regular seasons presented by New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Symphony Space, Harkness Dance Festival, Dig Dance at the 92nd Street Y and DANCE NOW NYC.  The company performs throughout Europe and the United States and is particularly well-known for its comic/subversive, neo-vaudeville production of The Nutcracker called Nut/Cracked which will appear at The Flea in December 2019 in celebration of its 17th season.  Parker has also created over 50 works for ballet and contemporary companies, universities, festivals and soloists. These include New York Theatre Ballet, Ten Hairy Legs, Anna Sokolow Players Project, Boston's Contrapose Dance, Juilliard's New Dances, Cleveland's Groundworks Dance Theater, and Pittsburgh's Dance Alloy Theater.  Parker also choreographed Geoff Sobelle's "Object Lesson,"  a new dance-opera by Marco Tutino called Dylan Dog for The Arena di Verona Ballet Company, and for the dancers of Marymount, Hunter, Hofstra, Rutgers, Alfred, Barnard, and Rhode Island Colleges and the University of Illinois. TBG has cultivated a second home in Boston through sustained partnerships with The Institute for Contemporary Art, Summer Stages Dance Dance Complex and The Boston Center for the Arts.  He has served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, The Alvin Ailey School, Barnard College, Hunter College, SUNY Purchase and Marymount Manhattan College at all of which he taught dance composition.  He is also a regular adjudicator at American College Dance Association and mentors individual choreographers through the 92nd Street Y's Artists-in-Residence Program and independently.  His work as curator began with his company's residence at The West End Theater from 2003-2019 and continued through his work as artist-curator for Danspace Project's Rhythm and Humor Platform, Tap The Yard on Martha's Vineyard, Gibney Dance Center's Double Plus series, Gotham Arts and the 92nd Street Y's Fridays at Noon.  He has also launched DANCE NOW Boston, currently in its sixth season, and a branch of DANCE NOW NYC.  He serves on the boards of Danspace Project, The Yard, Arts on Site and Boston Dance Alliance, has been a panelist for the New York Dance and Performance Awards, The New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts and the Boston Center for the Arts, and writes regularly for Dance Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail.  Over the last decade or so, he has appeared as a guest performer with Doug Elkins, Sara Rudner, Christopher Williams, New York Theatre Ballet, Catherine Tharin, and as narrator in the recent revival of James Waring's 12 Objects fromTender Buttons.