Ty Parmenter’s new work “Glauben Sie mir”

Ty Parmenter, Company Dancer
Ty Parmenter, Company Dancer

My piece for Program 1 of Up Close on Hope is titled Glauben Sie mir. The piece is for three dancers one woman and two men and is danced to music by Mozart as well as dialogue from an old film. I like to think of it as a reflection on my life at this moment. My wife and I have recently returned to Providence after being away for the past eight years. As well at the beginning of the creation we were expecting our first child, and now we have a beautiful son. So needless to say, a lot of changes some familiar and some not so have helped shape the work.

It has been difficult to make the switch between choreographer and dancer in Up Close on Hope Program 1. It’s a very different focus that I have to have. When I’m in the front of the room creating I am not only managing the three dancers in front of me but I’m trying to navigate the music, think of how the dancers should be dressed, the lighting; all the while I’m creating movement that looks good on the dancers while staying sincere to what I’m trying to convey. As a dancer I’m focused just on executing the movement given to me as best as I can whether it’s in a solo or when I’m working with a partner.

Ty Parmenter, re-joins FBP after dancing at other companies. He was a dancer from 2003-2006. He and his wife – Marissa, (also a FBP company dancer) – recently celebrated the birth of their first baby, Miles.

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Ty and Marissa with their son Miles

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