Visually stunning, tight, sensational and charming! Dance as it is meant to be experienced - direct and immediate.
Örjan Abrahamsson Dagens Nyheter
Like walking into a secret garden where humans still dare to play and spring is in the air. .
Pia Huss, Dagens Nyheter
Claire Parsons has an acute sense for visual and theatrical situations with a flow of associations and surprising images spiced with humorous elements. Chairs turn into snail houses, kitchen funnels become tits. .
Anna Ångström, Svenska Dagbladet
As enjoyable to watch as it is sometimes giggly and sweetly silly.Claire Parsons new piece brings together the dream of Swan Lake with a playfulness that obliterates the distance between the stage and the audience. The choreography is filled with metaphors - an elegant battle with a vacuum cleaner and dinner for a headless lady. Using the prosaic elements of daily objects, the dancers astound us in their ability to cajole rambunctiously sensuous and generous physical musicality.
Pia Huss, Dagens Nyheter.
Claire Parsons has always been drawn to the expressivenes of the silent movies or to the dadaist movement. In Duck Walk, her controlled and sharply edged movements create an unresistable comic ambience and rythm, a peek-a-boo game with the restraints in a square of light or the folds of a dress, a diagnosis of movements and relations, formalistically secure and thoroughly composed.
Anna Ångström, Svenska Dagbladet
An enchanting dance of amour with a small cooking pot and constant surprises in lifts, falls and beautifully suspended movements. Physical memories become movements elevated to a ballet of the body's own stories.
A luscious and fiery collaboration between a dancer and a musician. The violinist Sara Edin lights up the stage with music that sizzles around Claire Parsons as if she is surrounded by fireflies. A musical movement that vibrates even in quiet moments. Sensuous, daring and very entertaining.
A sophisticated solo dance, a voyage in time with shifting emotional states and sudden twists. A choreographically clever, minimalistic piece of art and a beautiful dream in red with the exceptionally expressive Claire Parsons.
An exceptional piece of choreography. With simple movement combinations, the choreography changes patterns, shifts, creates new images and gives the audience a multi-layered personal dance language.
Jan Zetterberg, former artistic director for Dansens Hus in Stockholm
Claire Parsons creates comedy on several levels and her tools are enticingly hidden. She creates a curious double entendre, awakening feelings and giving us an atmosphere where the inexplicable becomes tangible.
Art Magazine Entré
A piece of dance genius and absolutely the winner of the evening. The piece talked to the audience in complex and structured images, carrying us thorugh through richly colourful spaces and constellations. The piece opened gradually, like a flower.
Anders Widoff, artist
An impressive piece of choreography with many elements and flavours. The force of the choreography was so strong that it remained with me long after the performance was over. A fantastic and genial piece with many patterns and combinations that threaded in and out, creating enticing images. Elements were introduced that later reappeared. A fascinating piece with an impressively clever touch.
Ann-Marie Kjellsrud, The National Dance Association, Norway
Her movement style has her personal flavor of slapstick and force at times verging on the violent. The cast of five included four dancers and a mime artist who suddenly exploded in brutally daring actions. Claire Parsons knows how to bring out the best of this contrast.
As a dancer and choreographer, I work internationally with a local base. I grew up in Sweden with an English and Swedish background and moved to the United States at 16 to study and work in the performing arts area. Since 1990 I have travelled and made commissioned works and toured in many of the European countries and in Venezuela, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the United States, Japan and Russia. performing at festivals in Portugal, Germany and France as well as extensively in Sweden. I have choreographed opera and theatre pieces as well as making dance pieces for a young audience, acclaimed for their directness, humor and warmth. My performances have been described as darkly humoristic, mixing sharp poetics and dynamics.
My work is influenced by cultural opposites and composites. I studied dance and performance in the creative and experimental atmosphere of the Californian West Coast, co-founding a performance group with other dancers and musicians. Since 1990 I work with my own company in Sweden with works that have been performed at Dansens Hus in Stockholm, The German State Ballet, Eurodanse Festival in France, the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Sweden, AVE Festival in Holland, The Edge Festival in the United States, Copenhagen Cultural Capital 96, Stockholm Cultural Capital 98, Cynet Art Festival Dresden Germany, Festival "kontext Europa" in Vienna Austria, Les Boréales in Caen, France, Full Moon Dance Festival, Finland and Umeå Jazz Festival amongst others.
The work mixes dramatic poetics and humor, with an aim to present a physical experience with an intellectual twist. I am inspired by the works of Samuel Beckett and silent movie actor Buster Keaton. Comissioned dance pieces have included The Electronic Music Festival, Ballet Moderno de Guatemala, Dansstationen in Sweden, Dansescenen in Denmark. Since 1996 I have choreographed and performed a number of soloworks in Venezuela, Denmark, Guatemala, Sweden, the United States and this year in Japan, Germany, Portugal and France. Since 1998 I am collaborating with the artist Ztsu on video and film installations, exploring the boundarires between performer and audience. You can see me dance at www.aiia.net or click on the adress below.
foto/animation Mateusz Hercka