New Orleans’ native son and music legend Allen Toussaint and his orchestra of 12 extraordinary musicians will take the stage for a set highlighting the genius and artistry of Toussaint. Led by the renowned producer, composer, songwriter and pianist with honey-toned vocals, the orchestra includes veteran musicians on bass, drums, guitar, percussion, and horns plus backup singers.
Parsons’ company of ten fearless dancers will then join the orchestra on stage for the world premiere collaboration featuring a hand-crafted soundtrack of great Toussaint hits, includingSouthern Nights, Bright Mississippi, Goin’ Down, Play Something Sweet and Yes We Can Can.
The brand new work is part of NOBA’s ongoing, nationally-recognized Choreographer/NOLA Musician Commission Initiative that joins world renowned choreographers with local music icons. Past commissions have included the critically acclaimed pairings of Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) with Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 2008 and 2010, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Nicholas Payton in 2012.
This initiative helps artists overcome key challenges in the creation process by providing financial, technical, and promotional support; space to create and perform the work; and the opportunity to collaborate with live music. Also, the initiative helps increase work and visibility for the artists, while enhancing the image of the region and the branding of New Orleans as an important contributor to the field of dance and music.
“The New Orleans Ballet Association believes that the creation of new work keeps American dance viable and a relevant part of the American arts legacy,” said Jenny Hamilton, executive director of NOBA.