April 03, 2012
Mark Morris Versus The Music
By: by Ryan Wenzel for The Brooklyn Rail
Setting dance to Beethoven has historically raised a few eyebrows in the dance world. George Balanchine, a great lover of music, went so far as to describe Beethoven’s heavy-sounding music as “unchoreographable” and never once during his prolific career used the composer’s work. Most choreographers seem to have heeded his warning.
So it came as a pleasant shock to watch Mark Morris Dance Group tackle Beethoven and make it seem easily danceable in Morris’s new work A Choral Fantasy, which premiered at BAM in early March.