Works: Ballets by Mark Morris
July 01, 2004
Sylvia premieres at the San Francisco Ballet
By: Michael Wade Simpson, San Francisco Chronicle
Morris' Sylvia forgoes showy dancing for an old-fashioned, irony-free romance
Mark Morris' new-old full-length work for the San Francisco Ballet, Sylvia, is no fairy tale. Despite gorgeous sets and costumes and a story as nymph-laden as any 19th century ballet, Morris has gone to the core of the musical score from 1876 to discover something simpler, as pure and affecting as a kiss.