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They delivered a mix of some of their strongest short repertoire tap pieces, along with a broader rhythmic dance template. The dances are wrapped in cabaret song-and-dance-concert style and general zaniness. With Parker’s geometric choreographic patterns and tight grouping, it has a Deco-era look. The pulsing, percussive drive of their synchronized footwork shows this company at its best.
- Lewis Whittington
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BROAD STREET REVIEW

Philadelphia, PA
August 22, 2016
 
Slapstuck has a deliciously nutty premise. It takes a while to discover that the outfits of these two rivalrous fellows (Derek Crescenti and William Tomaskovic) are loaded with Velcro. The only sound beside the men’s stamps and claps is that wrenching apart of the broad strips sewn to their costumes whenever they come together. As the boisterous soft shoe number they attempt expands, problems develop. One man, stuck to another, can be carried along like an unanticipated burden. Crescenti, flailing unwisely, becomes stuck to himself and can only get free with a might ripping noise. Among the surprises (to the men as to us): their hand grip proves to have illusory glue, and wherever one wishes to go, the other may be yanked along. Slapstuck is hilarious, but it also sends a firm little message about partnership and its liabilities.
- Deborah Jowitt
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ArtsJournal Blog

New York
July 3, 2016
 
The Bangs are masters in sending up the gelatinous sentimentality of popular culture, embracing it at the same time.
- Marcia B. Siegel
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The Arts Fuse: Boston's online arts magazine

Boston, Massachusetts
June 13, 2016
 
One of my heroes of the year was David Parker, a part-time Bostonian who brought his New York-based company here to perform their zany take on the perennial Christmas ballet, Nut/Cracked to the ICA. The dance, set to Tchaikovsky jazzed and straight, grows funnier by the year.
- Marcia Siegel
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The Arts Fuse: Boston's online arts magazine

Boston, Massachusetts
December 23, 2015
 
In [Nut/Cracked,] this deconstruction of the holiday classic, choreographer David Parker retains the essence of the original “Nutcracker” while revealing — with affection and ironic wit — the foibles and, yes, cracks, therein. Viewing it is simultaneously an education and hilarious entertainment. All told, “Nut/Cracked” is a gift wrapped in camp and laced with heart. You will laugh out loud, and leave the theater glowing. This — warmth, laughter, compassion for those you create worlds with every day — is what the holiday is all about.
- Thea Singer
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THE BOSTON GLOBE

Boston, MA
December 19, 2015
 
The piece doesn’t just mimic the clapping sounds, but enhances them immeasurably. And Zahlmann, who had quite an evening, looked every inch the ballerina as she pranced percussively, primarily en pointe, throughout the piece – in her purple toe shoes.
- Jerry Hochman
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Critical Dance

New York
October 2, 2015
 
Based on Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music,” Mr. Parker’s dance features Jeffrey Kazin, a guest artist, clapping a 12-beat pattern while Elena Zahlmann reproduces the sound with her feet, encased in purple point shoes. As the rhythms draw them in and out of unison — they expand their sonic range by pounding on their bodies — they create a succinct aural landscape that is playful, while not a joke.
- Gia Kourlas
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New York Times

New York
October 2, 2015
 
The Bang Group began with a whimsical performance, Bubble Wrap. Jumping, stomping, and diving onto a bubble wrap created an energizing moment...
- Marina Zaccaria
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Stage Buddy: Your Guide to Entertainment

New York
September 24th, 2015
 
The dancing commenced with one of many revisitations, this one 1997's Bubble Wrap by David Parker's The Bang Group, performed by Amber Sloan and Nic Petry. Silly, graceful and percussive vie for prominence in this and many Bang Group pieces. Sloan rolls out a bubblewrap yogamat and teases us well before finally popping her first bubble, and Petry joins her with his own hilariously tiny square — a tapdance duet of butts, elbows and knees.
- Quinn Batson
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Offoffoff.com

New York
September 26, 2015
 
“I’m in a new phase of my work right now. Whether things are funny, or not, is not important to me. I’m open to being funny, but I’m not trying.”
- Robert Johnson
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NJ ARTS.NET


July 24, 2015
 
After moving to New York, Parker established a career performing both tap and postmodern dance. That, however, left him bewildered. It bothered me that the two worlds didn’t intersect at all,” Parker explains. “I felt as though I had two parallel careers. I wanted to bring tap and my love of rhythm together with modern dance.
- Brent Johnson
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Culture Vultures


July 21, 2015
 
Other than Two Timing, a short, clever piece by David Parker—he provides the “music” by tapping and clapping, while the company ballerina, Elena Zahlmann, ingeniously responds—the new works were also English.
- Robert Gottlieb
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New York Observer

New York
June 23, 2015
 
Two smart new works grace this program: David Parker’s Two Timing and Gemma Bond’s Cat’s Cradle. Parker had the happy idea of having guest artist Jeffrey Kazin of the Bang Group perform Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, while Zahlmann creates the audible rhythms with her pointe shoes and heels. In the score, a single twelve-count phrase of claps and pauses is methodically altered (the first note keeps becoming the last one). The two performers move close together, always in counterpoint, and eventually the sound-making includes smacks on the floor and other forms of body percussion. It’s a virtuosic number, executed at a good clip, and Kazin and Zahlmann eye each other with the single-mindedness of mating birds.
- Deborah Jowitt
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DANCE BEAT

New York, NY
June 22, 2015
 
In Two Timing, a dancer in purple pointe shoes (Elena Zahlmann) tapped out a conversation with a man (Jeffrey Kazin) clapping the tricky twelve-beat phrases of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music. The two, thick as thieves, finished each other’s sentences and bounced ideas back and forth with a conspiratorial air. Though the rhythms were not always as crisp as one might hope for in such an experiment, it was intriguing to hear the range of sounds that can be produced with a pointe shoe. The idea is clever.
- Marina Harss
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Dance Tabs

New York, NY
June 22, 2015
 
David Parker’s duet “Slapstuck” is not exactly hot, man-on-man action. Nevertheless, Derek Crescenti and William Tomaskovic are physically joined — with Velcro, in fact — and they must be perspiring under those heavy-duty suits. It’s hard acquiring a sidekick when one is used to being a solo act. An opposite-sex couple could also perform this whimsical dance, which draws laughs by describing too much intimacy. But perhaps there’s something especially maddening about having a partner literally stuck to you, when you see yourself in his eyes. Fortunately Crescenti and Tomaskovic can make music from the rhythmic rip-and-tear of their relationship.
- Robert Johnson
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NJ ARTS.NET


June 21, 2015
 
Mr. Parker, too, gave himself a choreographic riddle, exploring tap dance on pointe. His whirlwind “Two Timing,” based on Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music” score, is a rhythmic conversation between Elena Zahlmann, in purple pointe shoes, and the guest artist Jeffrey Kazin. As Mr. Kazin claps a 12-count pattern, Ms. Zahlmann echoes it with the tips of her shoes. Increasingly tricky, playful feats of body percussion — she drums on his torso, he slaps the ground — emerge as they phase out of and back into unison.
- Siobahn Burke
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NEW YORK TIMES

New York, NY
June 19, 2015
 
Parker and his Bang partners, Jeff Kazin, Amber Sloan, Nic Petry, and Tommy Seibold, are not only accomplished dancers but smart stylists. They’ve glossed iconic ballets, musical comedies, and popular song. Their irreverent but loving dances incorporate characters and lyrics we all know, inviting us to recognize the references and share the fun.
- Marcia B. Siegel
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THE ARTS FUSE

Boston, MA
May 6, 2015
 
David Parker (The Bang Group) curates this festival, seeded with newly commissioned works from choreographers including Peter DiMuro, Cathy Young, Courtney Peix, and Parker himself, whose lively cabaret-style performances are always a hoot.
- Karen Campbell
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Boston Globe

Boston
April 29, 2015
 
★ The Bang Group (Friday through Sunday) The annual Harkness Dance Festival continues with this percussively adventurous troupe led by David Parker. Through a new initiative, Tap Lab, Mr. Parker and his dancers respond rhythmically — with the voice, the feet, the whole body — to music by Mozart, Steve Reich and Morton Feldman.
- Siobhan Burke
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New York Times

New York
February 27, 2015
 
For their contribution to the Harkness Dance Festival, David Parker and his crew offer “Tap Lab.” With their feet and bodies, they simultaneously render and dramatize musical compositions: Morton Feldman’s “For John Cage,” Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music,” and Mozart’s “Rondo Alla Turca.” Following festival tradition, Parker also explains the process of translating the scores into corporal percussion.
- Unknown
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New Yorker

New York
February 27, 2015
 
Nut/Cracked somehow manages to be an homage to classical tradition as well as an absurdly clever reimagining of it. In an age when every convention is being questioned, Nut/Cracked provides a welcome opportunity to laugh and marvel at our cultural trajectory. Parker’s choreography reinterprets The Nutcracker with uproariously funny irreverence while matching beat for beat, the musical genius of the score.
- Sarah Carlson
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LV Dance in Review

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
December 13, 2014
 
"Parker leaves us guessing if this dance is a pitch for equality, or simply an ironic comment on the roles we’re taught to play."
- Robert Johnson
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NJarts.net

Raritan Valley Community College
November 16, 2014
 
"...vignettes that recall the wars waged by silent clowns like Chaplin and Keaton against all things inanimate. Sometimes, briefly, Mr. Sobelle masters his objects with aplomb. Who knew, for example, that ice skates could be so useful in creating a salad for a romantic dinner?"
- Ben Brantley
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New York Times

New York
November 16, 2014
 
"...performed by Jeffrey Kazin and Parker in which the theme was older mentor vs. younger acolyte. Not Fred Astaire nor Savion Glover, but elegantly entertaining all the same."
- Joel Benjamin
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Theater Pizzazz

New York
September 9, 2014
 
David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin, downtown’s resident vaudevillians, ended the evening with a scintillating tap rendition of the Jackson Five classic “I Want You Back.”
- Wendy Perron
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wendyperron.com

New York
September 4, 2014
 
"If Hollywood musicals are one of your guilty pleasures, then you know the fun of singing and dancing along with the DVD. And maybe, just maybe, you occasionally push “pause” and do your own riffs. That’s what Parker and the GroundWorks dancers did with the words, melodies, and especially the rhythms from Singing In the Rain, except they did it really, really well."
- Elsa Johnson and Victor Lucas
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CoolCleveland.com

Cleveland, Ohio
June 14, 2014
 
"New York’s The Bang Group mix talent and quirkiness to create something new and fresh. Slapstuck finds two dancers wearing microphoned suits made of Velcro, emitting a fantastically percussive sound as they press together then rip apart. This is followed by 12×4, a fun tap quartet inspired by Steve Reich."
- Kelly Apter
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The Scotsman

Edinburgh
August 15, 2014
 
"Most memorable moment: It’s a tie. Both the duet between on-and-off-stage partners Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker that precipitated the tap finale and the mostly-male (the singular female, Amber Sloane, was also fantastic) rendition of the snarky “Moving Right Along”—which dismisses potential mates as “Too dumpy” or “Too frumpy” or “Too Forest Gumpy”—were amazing."
- Bill Chenevert
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Philly Now

Philadelphia
August 13, 2014
 
"But it is with tap idioms that Parker really shows his choreographic strengths. Parker teases Kazin “Do you still remember any of my old routines?” and Kazin replies, “I not only remember them, I know them better than you!” which sets up a wily tap challenge. They are veteran hoofers and still have fleet feet and precision. Side by side, they illustrate how different they are as dancers. Parker has an old-school intricate patterning and Kazin has lithe, floaty footwork, and when they lock in those exacting unison phrases, they dazzle. Even with some indulgences, Head Over Heels has a big heart and The Bang Group is tap tight and a steely tap a cappella number has them a tap circle expresses the esprit of this troupe. The show’s finale is a witty and crisp traveling time-step vamp to ’I Want You Back.’ And so did this GayFest audience."
- Lewis Whittington
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The Dance Journal

Philadelphia
August 7, 2014
 
Just as all good comedy comes from real life, so does Parker's work have meaning: He takes us inside the mind of a dancer, revealing the agonies, hard work and joys of being a performer.
- Zachary Lewis
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THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

Cleveland, Ohio
June 13, 2014
 
I didn’t remember that all these performers were such adroit tappers or that all three men could put over a song so expertly. Body rhythms become a way of conversing. The combination of shifting emotions and smart percussion is a treat. Not always tidy, but crisp and fresh. As in long-term love, timing and cooperation are crucial, and surprises continue to lurk.
- Deborah Jowitt
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DANCE BEAT

New York, NY
February 16, 2014
 
More generous and bubbly in nature than subversive, Head Over Heels is, nevertheless, every openly gay-positive show--on television, in the movies, on Broadway, on the ballet stage and on ice--that folks from my generation should have been fortunate enough to see when we were growing up. Parker goes back to go forward.
- Eva Yaa Asantewaa
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INFINITE BODY

New York, NY
February 15, 2014
 
Nut/Cracked is a holiday show not to be missed because it makes you full of cheer, good laughs with sensational and dramatic dancing worth seeing for a different Christmas treat.
- Jennifer McKeever
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LEHEIGH VALLEY DANCE EXCHANGE

Bethlehem, PA
December 6, 2013
 
"David Parker is a longtime tap dancer, though his company, the Bang Group, is better known for its amusing ballet and modern-dance takeoffs. He did a hilarious rendition of “We’ll have an old-fashioned wedding” with longtime associate Jeffrey Kazin for a benefit performance on Martha’s Vineyard..."
- Marcia Siegel
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The Hudson Review

New York
Autumn 2013
 
Once you've seen what New York choreographer David Parker does with Velcro, you'll never look at the hook-and-loop fabric fastener again in quite the same way. He uses it to create a stunning and wry pas de deux for himself and Jeffrey Kazin. The Bang Group also showcased the deep talents of Nic Petry and Amber Sloan. Superbly trained dancers and performers.
- Molly Collin
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San Francisco Classical Voice

San Francisco, California
November 8, 2013
 
The best of these moments may be Kazin magically snaking his way around and down Petry, head-first. The song "Old Fashioned Wedding" here becomes a tap dance-off between Parker and Kazin and a sly stump for same-sex weddings.
- Quinn Batson
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offoffoff.com

New York City
March 5, 2013
 
The dancers hold the audience in the palm of their hands, or perhaps, the arches of their feet. Their faces, as they react to each others antics, are just as expressive as their bodies and the comic timing is perfect.
- Garnet Henderson
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THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST

New York, NY
February 25th, 2013
 
The partnering throughout ShowDown is original and intricate, since the dancers wear blue jeans that otherwise might restrict their movement capabilities. But no, nothing is off-limits.
- Mary Callahan
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Broadway Dance World

New York, NY
February 16, 2013
 
The dancers movements were consistently full and the staging was flawless.
- Christine Jowers
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THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST

New York, NY
February 15, 2013
 
Watching Mr. Parker’s holiday tree grow is most gratifying: here, Mr. Mattocks lies on his side and slowly raises a miniature pine until he stands upright with his feet knitted together in a tight sous-sus position. The tree lights up. It’s a perfect little dance because it’s not merely ridiculous: it has heart.
- Gia Kourlas
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New York Times

New York
December 21, 2012
 
The funny, clever take on “The Nutcracker” by David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. With good reason: Mr. Parker and Mr. Kazin’s piece is not only immensely entertaining but also intensely musical and witty, melding tap, disco, ballet and contemporary dance over 22 scenes that combine fantasy and silliness to marvelous effect.
- Roslyn Sulcas
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New York TImes

New York
December 20, 2012
 
Nut/Cracked is a masterful mash-up of nostalgia, artistry, and fun. [It] unpacks the traditional holiday Nutcracker through a post modern dance lens that will make you feel as if you have just eaten a big plate of your very favorite holiday sweets and, joyfully, not gained one pound.
- Jennifer Edwards
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Huffington Post

New York
December 19, 2012
 
Highlights? Parker and creative partner Jeffrey Kazin celebrating their love of song and dance in “Misters and Sisters” at Oberon.
- Jeffrey Gantz
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The Boston Globe

Boston
December 29, 2012
 
On the bill were delicious, comic pieces by David Parker and Claire Porter, balancing the intensity of premieres that tested the gang’s athleticism. 10 Hairy Legs makes a welcome addition to the scene.
- Robert Johnson
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The Star Ledger

Newark
December 19, 2012
 
Lead performers David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin sang, danced (in tap and pointe shoes) and told jokes with confidence and grace. Demonstrating these well-rounded artistic talents was no small feat in the up-close-and-personal theater.
- Kilian Kröll
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THINKING DANCE

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August 14, 2012
 
[The Bang Group is] the irreverent dance troupe co-directed by David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin, who have been dance partners for 22 years. ‘Misters and Sisters’ is their swellegant dance cabaret about their life together and their particular passion-movie musicals. Kazin and Parker floated personal Hollywood music magic with their dance to “Somewhere over the Rainbow” sung not by Judy, but by a young Jane Powell. This becomes a charming manifesto of coming out and falling in love.
- Lewis Whittington
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THE DANCE JOURNAL

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August 7, 2012
 
Choreographer David Parker has rhythm in his bones and his heart on his sleeve. He crafts ingenious sendups of theatrical classics that are both laced with irony and revel in the traditions that made them. Above all, his dances are full of love: of the body’s capacity for movement, including funny movement, and people’s capacity to make a bungle of things, and then to forgive.
- Thea Singer
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The Boston Globe

Boston, Massachusetts
July 30, 2012
 
Amid balletic beats and spins in attitude, Kazin hung from Parker’s arm in a back arc so deep you felt you were the one hanging upside down. Their final skip down an invisible yellow brick road brought the rapture home.
- Thea Singer
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THE BOSTON GLOBE

Boston, Massachusetts
May 14, 2012
 
A dizzying display of terpsichorean fireworks....Whether they’re entwining in song, in dance, or in each other’s arms, Parker and Kazin do it awfully well.
- Jeffrey Gantz
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THE BOSTON GLOBE

Boston, Massachusetts
January 17, 2012
 
What buoys "Misters and Sisters" is a sweet guilelessness, an unabashed sentimental sensibility. They make for a cabaret entertainment of infinite delights. Bravo (or should it be brava) to Parker, Kazin, [Petry], Sloan and their musical accompanist and arranger Anna Ebbesen for tapping into the gay connection to the American musical theater with such panache.
- Robert Nesti
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EDGE

Boston, Massachusetts
January 16, 2012
 
If you’re suffering from “Nutcracker” overload, the Bang Group’s sweet but subversive riff is a tonic. Bubble wrap, Duke Ellington and takeout Chinese noodles get stir-fried with sections of plain old lovely dancing, and it works.
- Leigh Witchel
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New York Post

New York
December 1, 2011
 
The Bang Group presented Conga Suite, choreographed by David Parker and performed by Jeffrey Kazin, Nic Petry and Amber Sloan. Parker definitely gets credit for being the most creative with the small amount of time given by the DanceNOW challenge. He was somehow able to devise 3 sections in a five minute piece: a pas de deux, a menage a trois, and a solo adagio! Sloan and Petry introduce the piece, developing their theatrical personas. Things really spice up when Kazin enters the mix, creating playful, silly, but unabashed sexual tension. It is completely entertaining because it isn't possible to distinguish who is into whom; however, it really doesn't matter because enjoyment of their story is inevitable. Eventually three become a crowd, and Sloan is left alone to dance out her lingering feelings in a loosely inspired balletic solo. The blending of theater, humor and virtuosic dance is an obvious strength of Parker's and he definitely delivers with this piece.
- Madison Krekel
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OFF OFF OFF.COM

New York, New York
October 27, 2011
 
In particular, they ate up Parker’s conceptually brilliant and physically hilarious “Slapstuck’’ and “Nut/Cracked.’’
- Thea Singer
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The Boston Globe

Boston, Massachusetts
August 1, 2010
 
The fast paced shows managed to incorporate a little bit of everything in high and low art and utilize the multiple talents of the performers, and the wit and outrageous humor of co-creator David Parker
- Eleni Collins
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MARTHA'S VINEYARD TIMES

Martha's Vineyward, Massachusetts
August 10, 2011
 
It was a delicious and de-lovely finale honoring partnerships....in life and in theater!
- Deborah Wingert
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EYE ON DANCE

New York, New York
June 14, 2011
 
Mr. Parker and Mr. Kazin, who hold the stage with great panache. [They] love what they do — and, clearly, each other — and they make us love it too.
- Roslyn Sulcas
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THE NEW YORK TIMES

New York, New York
June 8, 2011
 
"Intelligent, inspiring and incredibly entertaining."
- Rachel Straus
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MUSICAL AMERICA

Hightstown, New Jersey
June 7, 2011
 
The Bang Group provided ample proof for musical comedy as an avenue for political action. "Misters and Sisters" is a delightful and earnest homage to the power of small-town dreams, crafted with razor-sharp big-city wit. This production doesn’t simply try to shrink [Parker's] blend of contemporary dance, tap, and ballet to the small stage, but instead offers a real cabaret wherein the artists show off their deep-rooted song and dance chops. Parker is a master of rhythmic play and compositional structures, but here gets to belt and swoon and vamp without a hint of postmodern irony. They employ the perfect mix of banter, singing, dancing, sequins, gowns, fans, bow-ties, soft-shoe, no-shoe, pointe-shoe, tap-shoe, and narrative for a splendid evening’s entertainment sprinkled with poignancy and politics.
- Maura Donohue
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CULTUREBOT

New York, New York
June 3, 2011
 
All kinds of dance idioms occur here. The introduction to the Waltz of the Flowers becomes a male solo in sweepingly lyrical ballet style; the Sugar Plum adagio is a you-suck-my-thumb-I’ll-suck-yours male-male duet that ought to be irksome but whose grand dance ardor makes it oddly marvelous. You never know what’ll happen next, but when it’s over you find that what started as a series of flimsy sketches has turned into a passionate declaration of naďveté in the best sense: innocence regained.
- Alastair Macaulay
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THE NEW YORK TIMES

New York, New York
December 24, 2010
 
How Parker knit the various rhythms, vocabularies, and groups to create a coherent, even inevitable, whole is his secret, like turning straw, rope, and silk into gold lace.
- Carol Pardo
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DANCE VIEW TIMES

New York, New York
December 23, 2010
 
If you’ve ever seen David Parker’s Nut/Cracked, you might have laughed yourself breathless. The final duet, performed to Tchaikovsky’s sublime Sugar Plum music, punctuates lifts between two men with thumb-in-mouth antics. Not all his works (con)fuse romance with toddler comforts, but many of his pieces are just as hilarious.
- Wendy Perron
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Dance Magazine

New York, New York
January 2011
 
David Parker is the rhythmical ringmaster par excellence in The Bang Group’s answer to the traditional Nutcracker. Parker refreshingly brings “The Nutcracker” down to earth, with his vaudevillian style, and choreographic depth. What you also get, which you don’t necessarily expect in a downtown send up of grand ballet, is honest to goodness dancing that simply stands, swirls, leaps and taps on its own --delicious and sugar free.
- Christine Jowers
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DANCE ENTHUSIAST

New York, New York
December 21, 2010
 
In David Parker’s “Nut/Cracked” (performed by the Bang Group at Dance Theater Workshop in New York on Monday), those rhythms become the basis for others. It begins with tap-dancing and takes a refreshingly jazz-syncopated approach to many of the dances it fits to the famous numbers. Among ballet versions only Balanchine’s playfulness with the beat compares.
- Alastair Macaulay
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New York Times

New York, New York
December 22, 2010
 
The kind of fun where nothing's sacred but everything's beloved--ballet and vaudeville, Broadway and Hollywood, dancers of every shape and talent.
- Eva Yaa Asantewaa
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INFINITE BODY

New York, New York
December 21, 2010
 
Excerpts from David Parker's "Nut/Cracked" were simply hilarious. Dressed in black, the evening's costume theme, the performers danced with humor and attitude to various nontraditional renditions of excerpts from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." They effectively purged the holiday standard of anything remotely saccharine.
- Elaine Schmidt
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
December 18, 2010
 
A different sort of Christmas cheer arose from a 15-minute excerpt from David Parker’s Nut/Cracked, a funny, campy treatment of novelty tunes based on Tchaikovsky’s score. Johnson produced that show in full in 2008, and I hope she’ll be able to stage it again some time. It would make a great late-night holiday show Downtown.
- Tom Strini
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Third Coast Digest

Milwauke, Wisconsin
December 18, 2010
 
Parker’s pleasures derive from the gleeful juxtaposition of classical and pop, with Travolta disco poses, patty-cake hand tumbles and Fonzie attitude seeming right at home with the lush melodies of Peter Ilyich.
- Paul Kosidowski
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Inside Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
December 20, 2010
 
"You wouldn’t call David Parker’s heavenly trio, T4Three, staccato, or even percussive, although its movement base is soft shoe and vintage show dancing. But it’s expertly controlled. Like much good comedy in dance, it looks easygoing but makes its points with needle-sharp timing. The performers—Jeffrey Kazin, Nic Petry and David Parker—are stalwarts of Parker’s Bang Group. All are adroit charmers. Parker, large and eager, plays a klutz with hidden foot skills. He and Petry like to sell the routine; Kazin nixes that. Mostly. As they dance for us to “All I Do Is Dream of You,” their little dust-ups, pauses, looks, and sudden, perfect-unison Charleston keep us on the qui vive for small surprises. When they launch into “Tea for Two,” whistling enters the mix (Kazin’s the expert), and the rhythmic ante is upped."
- Deborah Jowitt

 

THE VILLAGE VOICE

New York, NY
September 15, 2010
 
Part of the appeal of David Parker’s T4THREE was the frankly retro music in an otherwise up to the minute soundtrack: "Tea for Two" and, bringing the fragrance of Debbie Reynolds and "Singing in the Rain" with it, "All I Do Is Dream of You." The dance borrows, and expands on, the dance rhythms of the number in the film, exploring the percussive possibilities of three guys with bare feet—feet flat, feet falling from the heel into the floor, or just brushing the floor, like an old soft shoe routine. It shifts from trio to duet back to trio, with a poignant moment in that last shift when the couple welcomes the third back into the fold.
- Carol Pardo

 

DANCE VIEW TIMES

New York, NY
September 17, 2010
 
Mr. Parker showed his distinctive style in person in “T4Three,” a charming romp with two of his regular collaborators, Jeffrey Kazin and Nic Petry. Set to the songs “All I Do Is Dream of You” and “Tea for Two” (mostly whistled, then sung, by the trio), the piece is a loving homage to the tap routines and genteel emotions of old movies, skillfully composed and slyly humorous. It’s a bit of fluff, but no one fluffs better.
- Roslyn Sulcas

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES

New York, NY
September 10, 2010
 
David Parker's "T4THREE" is the sort of deadpan trio Parker does best, with tap, soft shoe and human percussion. A light joke about movie musicals morphed into something poignant. Best of all, something happened more than just hot dancing.
- Leigh Witchel
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NEW YORK POST

New York, New York
September 10, 2010
 
In this new work, a sparse stage belies a quietly dazzling and occasionally very sparkly mix of Broadway standards, with dance styles both in the realm of the traditional forms and new frontiers.
- Margaret Smith
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WICKED LOCAL

Boston, MA
July 29, 2010
 
This charming evening is clever, sweet, and very funny, camp yet utterly sincere.
- Karen Campbell
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THE BOSTON GLOBE

Boston, MA
July 26, 2010
 
Parker proves exemplary in offering rigorous hunks of that ever-elusive Original Voice. He is a master of choreographic repartee. Parker’s work speaks to the world we live in now, one with constantly disappearing borders.
- Maura Donahue
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CULTUREBOT

New York
March 8, 2010
 
[The] Bang Group is a dance company dedicated above all things to the sheer joy of dancing. With witty allusions to everything from Swan Lake to A Chorus Line...everyone up there is revelling in the sheer fun of movement, and that joy is irresistible.
- Gerald Berkowitz
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THEATREGUIDE.LONDON

London, U.K.
August, 2009
 
It was perhaps a bit unfortunate that so few people sat in for this showing, as there's an abundance of talent on offer and hopefully this show will draw the numbers it so deserves. This is flamboyant, contemporary choreography that apparently is free-wheeling and free associative, drawing from the styles of current New York trends, and is set to the tunes of 'Annie Get Your Gun'. Every routine offers confident, bold performances and impressive displays. This is physical theatre influenced by musical elements that is of an obviously very high quality, with bucketloads of graceful vigour from the group of eight. And, of course, the expected homoeroticism and camp glamour don't disappoint either. three week rating: 4 stars
- sb

 

THREE WEEKS

Edinburgh, Scotland
September 1, 2009
 
Parker’s work is both parody and ode, full of show-biz posturing, sweeping ballet-meets-jazz lifts and turns, and wildly imaginative partnering, all leavened with wicked humor. Delicious.
- Karen Campbell
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THE BOSTON GLOBE

Boston, MA
July 25, 2009
 
The dancers have every audience grabber calibrated perfectly, right down to the jolly choruses and sparkly eyes. As the choreography gets trickier, they keep their smiles despite having to maneuver through intricate formations and lifts, and they slip from confusion to culminating pose, right on the music.
- Marcia B. Siegel
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THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Boston, MA
July 23, 2009
 
Fresh and enticing choreography by David Parker. [Show Down] is not your typical musical theatre bit – but instead very modern, ballet-based and full of contemporary partnering. He sprinkles it with humor which brings so much humanity and humility to the performance. I am on the edge of my seat trying to decide how some of those lifts were possible. The audience was all smiles and loving this genuine portrayal of love crossing all boundaries.
- Sheena DiMatteo
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IDanz

New York, NY
June 22, 2009
 
David Parker is a musical comedy buff, but he's also a keen satirist. In "ShowDown," presented for the second year in a row by DanceNow, he transforms Annie [Get Your Gun]'s songs into a small-scale riot of gender sabotage and polymorphous sexual goings-on.
- Deborah Jowitt
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THE VILLAGE VOICE

New York, NY
June 9, 2009
 
The choreographer consistently amuses even as he devilishly pulls the rug from beneath our feet. Parker’s innate New England reserve often serves to mute his wicked wit and socio-political incisiveness. But beneath the cool exterior of his work as both creator and performer beats the vital heart of a champion entertainer.
- D.J. McDonald
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CITY OF GLASS ARTS AND CULTURE

New York, NY
June 5, 2009
 
As this rethinking of "The Nutcracker" becomes funnier, it becomes more beautiful and impressive. The 18 numbers are not mere isolated one-line jokes. Meaning accumulates and momentum builds as Parker connects the dots. "Nut/Cracked" is a stylistic riot. [It] is Parker's way of loving ballet, not his way of throwing rocks at it.
- Tom Strini
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JOURNAL SENTINAL

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Dec. 11, 2008
 
"A cabaret-style dance reinvention of 'Annie Get Your Gun' that's a surefire winner. Parker's dancers have vivid dramatic presence and spot-on timing."
- Karen Campbell
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THE BOSTON GLOBE

(Boston, MA)
July 10, 2008
 
"When the piece ends it’s over too soon. And then it isn’t. Mr. Parker offers a 'bonus track'— complete with tap routine. Then you really don’t want it to be over. And it is."
- Roslyn Sulcas
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THE NEW YORK TIMES

(New York, NY)
June 9, 2008
 
"The program drives home the message that a lot of us spend a lot of time falling on our faces in one way or another and the rest of the time struggling to arrive at, or maintain, equilibrium."
- Deborah Jowitt
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THE VILLAGE VOICE

(New York, NY)
April 18th, 2006
 
With his zaniness, eye for composition, love of percussion, and warped yet warm sense of humor, Mr. Parker is one of the most original downtown choreographers working now.
- Joy Goodwin

 

THE NEW YORK SUN

(New York, NY)
April 17, 2006
 
“What comes through Parker’s antics is a deep affection for dancers and what they have to go through. The Bang bunch get choreographed into tricky positions and can’t untangle themselves in time, so they dance gallantly on into the music like toads. When the whole troupe finally come out to fling themselves into a series of bows, the audience is in love with them all.”
- Marcia B. Siegel
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THE BOSTON PHOENIX

(Boston, MA)
January 13-19, 2006
 
Seven dancers, all technically proficient in ballet, contemporary dance and tap, served up and hour of delicious movement which has you smiling throughout. This is a celebration of music and movement which has no need for narrative convention.
- Kelly Apter
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THE SCOTSMAN

Edinburgh, Scotland
August 26, 2005
 
Cue David Parker in Christmassy red hat and foamed-on beard, proving that S. Claus exists and is a mean, snazzy tap-dancer. And that you can take Nutcracker apart, if only to rephrase it with flashes of playful wit and sharp choreography that soon remind audiences why they never get sick of Sugar Plums.
- Mary Brennan
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THE HERALD

Edinburgh, Scotland
August 24, 2005
 
“Many troupes tout their fusion of styles, but Parker and company deliver the goods, from the elegant, and campy to the sly and delightful. Throughout the dance, Parker's obvious affection for the “Nutcracker” tradition softens his deconstruction of it and allows “Nut/Cracked” to soar far beyond satire.”
- Claudia La Rocco
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ASSOCIATED PRESS

(national periodicals and websites)
December 16, 2004
 
The program was a surefire tonic for the ills of winter and the world. Bottle that man.
- Jennifer Dunning
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THE NEW YORK TIMES

(New York, NY)
February 7, 2004
 
“A dazzling program. Each [piece] was so well crafted that even the staunchest structure freak could be satisfied as well.”
- Theodore Bale
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BOSTON HERALD

(Boston, MA)
July 26, 2003
 
The medieval enclosure was at full tilt two hours earlier to discover the work of New York choreographer, David Parker. A great moment, a revelation! Everything is there: breathtaking technique, emotion, inventiveness. Rare talent.
- Florence Michel
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LA LIBERTÉ

(Fribourg, Switzerland)
July 4, 2003
 
Concise, impeccably structured choreography built pain-stakingly out of rhythm and line. [The Bang Group] dazzle with their utter concentration and confidence. They invent new lingo, stretching tradition at every step.
- Elizabeth Zimmer
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THE VILLAGE VOICE

(New York, NY)
December 25, 2001
 
Parker might be an unusually brainy entertainer or an unusually entertaining brainiac. Either way, he and his handsome performers have wrought one of this season’s most satisfying productions. Hour Upon the Stage can be enjoyed for its gush of novel, witty movement and dancer-generated sound or for the pleasure of watching people and guessing at their private stories.
- Eva Yaa Asantewaa
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DANCE MAGAZINE

NULL
June 2007
 
It’s easy to love David Parker’s dance comedies. Unlike much dance that tries too hard to be funny, Parker’s droll wit seems to bubble up naturally, irrepressibly, through dances bursting with clever concepts and careful craft. And his performers have the intrepid vulnerability of the greatest clowns.
- Lisa Kraus
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DANCE MAGAZINE

NULL
April 2008
 
“What comes through Parker’s antics is a deep affection for dancers and what they have to go through. The Bang bunch get choreographed into tricky positions and can’t untangle themselves in time, so they dance gallantly on into the music like toads. When the whole troupe finally come out to fling themselves into a series of bows, the audience is in love with them all.”
- Giorgio De Martino
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IL SECOLO XIX

(Genoa, Italy)
March 11, 2000

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