Choreography by: David Parsons

Music by:  Richard Peaslee

David Parsons says that Touch is a dance that explores the changes that have occurred in people's relationships over the last two generations. A fast-paced, virtuosic piece for four women and four men, Touch contains single-sex and male/female duets, trios, and quartets, as well as solos and group dances. It is a ballet filled with innovative and intricate shapes and movements for the arms and feet, and turns and jumps executed at dizzying speeds. Says Mr. Parsons: "In classical technique there are stops: you step, prepare, turn. But I give dancers what I call squiggles — there are no stops in a squiggle. It's almost like someone taking a paintbrush and never letting it leave the paper."

The women in Touch wear jazz slippers, not pointe shoes.

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February 15, 1996, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Stacey Calvert, Michele Gifford, Monique Meunier, Teresa Reyes, Albert Evans, Tom Gold, Edwaard Liang, Damian Woetzel

23 Min.
Costumes by
William Ivey Long
Lighting by
Howell Binkley