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Press Notes: from MMDG

June 05, 2007

Mark Morris to Receive the 2007 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award

By: American Dance Festival

DURHAM, N.C. – The American Dance Festival will award distinguished choreographer Mark Morris with the 2007 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival (ADF) Award. Established in 1981 by Samuel H. Scripps, the annual award honors choreographers who have dedicated their lives and talent to the creation of modern dance. The $35,000 award will be presented to Mr. Morris in a ceremony on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 5 p.m. in Page Auditorium at Duke University. The award will be presented by Mike Ross, Director of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, IL.

Mark Morris formed the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) in 1980 after performing with Lar Lubovitch, Hannah Kahn, Laura Dean, Eliot Feld and the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble. In 1986 MMDG made its first national television program for the PBS series Dance in America. From 1988-1991, the company was in residence at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie as the national dance company of Belgium. During this time, Morris created The Hard Nut; L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; and Dido and Aeneas. In 1990, he co-founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Morris is also a recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (1991), Dance Magazine Award (1991) and two New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards (1984 and 1990).

Past recipients of the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award include Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Hanya Holm, Alwin Nikolais, Katherine Dunham, Alvin Ailey, Erick Hawkins, Twyla Tharp, Anna Sokolow, Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Trisha Brown, Meredith Monk, Anna Halprin, Fayard and Harold Nicholas, Pina Bausch, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Garth Fagan, Maguy Marin, Eiko and Koma, Bill T. Jones, Murray Louis and posthumously in honor of Doris Humphry, Charles Weidman, José Limón, Pearl Primus and Helen Tamiris.

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