Excursions 2014

Excursions 2014 was MMDG's unique, multi-continent tour that split the Dance Group in two from October through November 2014.

The tour featured Words, a new work by Mark Morris and extensive cross-cultural community and educational programming through Access/MMDG and the U.S. State Department’s DanceMotion USA program.

MMDG West toured the U.S., Scotland, Italy, and Switzerland with the following dancers:

Max Cappelli-King - apprentice
Lauren Grant
Laurel Lynch
Stacy Martorana
Dallas McMurray
Brandon Randolph
Billy Smith
Noah VInson
Jenn Weddel

MMDG East toured Cambodia, Timor-Leste, and Taiwan with company members:

Chelsea Acree
Sam Black
Rita Donahue
Domingo Estrada, Jr.
Lesley Garrison
Brian Lawson
Aaron Loux
Maile Okamura
Michelle Yard

MMDG East and West reunited mid-November in Shenzhen and Beijing, China.


WordsJenn and SpencerA Wooden TreeSocratesExcursionsGrand DuoPolkaTen Suggestions


Engagements in Aberdeen and Beijing were supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

View performance behind-the-scenes, Access/MMDG, and touring photos from East and West below.  

MMDG's technical director, Johan Henckens, who accompanied MMDG East, has also put together a website with more of his photos from the tour

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In the Press

“Our touring continues to edify and surprise everyone involved. It is an exciting life.” 
— Mark Morris

> Read the article by Roslyn Sulcas in The New York Times' ArtsBeat

"“Dance has always been a big part of the culture here and I adore that. My own choreography is based on very old classical forms and also new ideas.That’s something that’s happening here, too.”
— Mark Morris on Cambodian culture

> Read the article by Chelsea Chapman in The Phnom Penh Post 

Artist Talk

Company members Maile Okamura and Sam Black joined dance critic Marina Harss in New York City Center’s grand tier lobby to discuss the world premiere of 'Words' at Fall for Dance 2014 and the company’s upcoming global tour. Listen to their conversation here:

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