May 01, 2011
Morris' Wedding of Music and Movement
By: Susan Josephs, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In general, Mark Morris tends toward the fiery and passionate expression of his opinions. But get him riffing on why he considers live music so essential to dance performance and be prepared for the choreographer and master of the sharply worded rant to take things up a notch.
"Why do I use live music? I would turn that question around and ask why would you use recorded music. Why am I the freak? Live music is music. The fact that recorded music has become so acceptable is unacceptable to me. If you have to use recorded music, then don't do the piece," he says, noting he will boycott even the most highly acclaimed dance performances if they are bereft of live music. "If I want to just listen to music, I have a great sound system at home."