Works: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
January 27, 2012
REVIEW: Under Morris, oratorio becomes a visual feast
By: Sarah Kaufman for The Washington Post
The chorus sings these words at the exultant finish of Mark Morris’s “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato,” which transforms the Handel oratorio into a visual feast with the happiest dancing you could hope to see. And as you watch the dancers join hands and circle the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the whole cast whirling in a spin-cycle of physical joy, living by that sentiment feels entirely possible.
It’s not just the jubilant finale and its marriage of movement to drums, brass and silvery voices that stays with you. Though that alone could conceivably give those who seek it a reason to go on living.