Become a Friend of MMDG

Each year, the Mark Morris Dance Group thrills audiences worldwide with performances of innovative work by Mark Morris and community engagement programs that bring the joy of dance to people of all ages and abilities at the Dance Center, throughout NYC, and on tour.

When you become a Friend of MMDG, you play an active role in our success, supporting new and restaged works, education programs in public schools and public housing, free classes for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners, teacher training programs, and subsidized studio rental for local artists.

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Receive:

  • Advance email notice of MMDG performances and special events
  • 1 free Adult level class at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to Member Open House at the Dance Center
  • A tour of the Dance Center

Plus:

  • MMDG T-shirt

Receive:

  • Advance email notice of MMDG performances and special events
  • Advance ticket access to select MMDG performances
  • 1 free Adult level class at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to Member Open House at the Dance Center
  • Tour of the Dance Center

Receive:

  • Advance email notice of MMDG performances and special events
  • Advance ticket access to select MMDG performances
  • 1 free Adult level class at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to Member Open House at the Dance Center
  • Tour of the Dance Center
  • MMDG T-shirt

Plus:

  • $2 off adult classes at the Dance Center

Receive:

  • Advance email notice of MMDG performances and special events
  • Advance ticket access to select MMDG performances
  • 1 free Adult level class at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to Member Open House at the Dance Center
  • Tour of the Dance Center
  • MMDG T-shirt
  • $2 off adult classes at the Dance Center

Plus:

  • Invitation to post-show events and receptions
  • A performance program autographed by Mark Morris and the dancers

Receive:

  • Advance email notice of MMDG performances and special events
  • Advance ticket access to select MMDG performances
  • 1 free Adult level class at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to Member Open House at the Dance Center
  • Tour of the Dance Center
  • MMDG T-shirt
  • $2 off adult classes at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to post-show events and receptions
  • A performance program autographed by Mark Morris and the dancers

Plus:

  • VIP priority ticketing service to all MMDG performances
  • Invitation to studio showings, new works previews, and special events with the dance group

Receive:

  • Advance email notice of MMDG performances and special events
  • Advance ticket access to select MMDG performances
  • 1 free Adult level class at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to Member Open House at the Dance Center
  • Tour of the Dance Center
  • MMDG T-shirt
  • $2 off adult classes at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to post-show events and receptions
  • A performance program autographed by Mark Morris and the dancers
  • VIP priority ticketing service to all MMDG performances
  • Invitation to studio showings, new works previews, and special events with the dance group

Plus:

  • 2 tickets to an MMDG premiere

Receive:

  • Advance email notice of MMDG performances and special events
  • Advance ticket access to select MMDG performances
  • 1 free Adult level class at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to Member Open House at the Dance Center
  • Tour of the Dance Center
  • MMDG T-shirt
  • $2 off adult classes at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to post-show events and receptions
  • A performance program autographed by Mark Morris and the dancers
  • VIP priority ticketing service to all MMDG performances
  • Invitation to studio showings, new works previews, and special events with the dance group
  • 2 tickets to an MMDG premiere

Plus:

  • Recognition in association with a specific performance
  • 2 additional tickets to an MMDG premiere

Receive:

  • Advance email notice of MMDG performances and special events
  • Advance ticket access to select MMDG performances
  • 1 free Adult level class at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to Member Open House at the Dance Center
  • Tour of the Dance Center
  • MMDG T-shirt
  • $2 off adult classes at the Dance Center
  • Invitation to post-show events and receptions
  • A performance program autographed by Mark Morris and the dancers
  • VIP priority ticketing service to all MMDG performances
  • Invitation to studio showings, new works previews, and special events with the dance group
  • 4 tickets to an MMDG premiere
  • Recognition in association with a specific performance

Plus:

  • Naming opportunity at the Dance Center

Support New Works

Mark Morris has consistently created one to four new works each year, many of them collaborations with notable musicians, orchestras, and opera companies, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma in the Emmy Award-winning film Falling Down Stairs (1997); percussionist and composer Zakir Hussain, Mr. Ma, and jazz pianist Ethan Iverson in Kolam (2002); The Bad Plus in Violet Cavern (2004), and Spring, Spring, Spring (2013); pianist Emanuel Ax in Mozart Dances (2006); the Metropolitan Opera in Orfee et Euridice (2007); and, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale in Acis and Galatea (2014).

This year, Morris will create a major new work, Layla and Majnun, a highly-anticipated collaboration with The Silk Road Ensemble. This full-company original dance and live music work is based on an ancient tragic Arabian love story that is one of the most popular tales in the Islamic world. The new 60-70 minute work will explore the story’s themes of love, madness, and mysticism through Morris’ uniquely musical choreography and direction, and the Asian and Middle Eastern music of The Silk Road Ensemble musicians and singers, including popular Azerbaijani father and daughter singers Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, who will perform onstage alongside the MMDG dancers. British painter and expert collector of Indian Mughal art Howard Hodgkin will design scenic elements and costumes. The work will premiere in September 2016 at Cal Performances in Berkeley, followed by a tour.

In addition, Morris will also create A Forest, a new work to music by Haydn for premiere at the Mark Morris Dance Center in May 2016.


These new works will be added to MMDG's 150+ repertory and performed for audiences in cities around the world.

As a New Works Fund supporter, you will receive special updates during the creation process and an invitation to a preview event.

Restage, restore, and rebuild early works

MMDG regularly restages works from Mark Morris' 170+ repertory. Over the last few years, MMDG has restaged a number of older works, including Ten Suggestions (1981), New Love Song Waltzes (1982), Canonic ¾ Studies (1982), The “Tamil Film Songs in Stereo” Pas de Deux (1983), Going Away Party (1990), Grand Duo (1993), Jesu, Meine Freude (1993), Falling Down Stairs (1997), The Argument (1999), Silhouettes (1999), All Fours (2003), and Pacific (1995).  In 2014, MMDG restored Mark's hallmark work, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato by rebuilding aged costumes and repairing set and production elements.

In the coming year, Encore Fund support will be directed to an ambitious restaging of Mark's The Hard Nut (1991), based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story and the comic book art of Charles Burns, which will return to BAM from December 12-20, 2015. This evening-length work brings joy to adults and children alike with its imaginative retelling, transplanting The Nutcracker from the straight-laced 1890’s to the swinging 1970’s. Tchaikovsky’s complete score will be performed live by the 53-piece MMDG Music Ensemble featuring The Hard Nut Singers, a chorus of local children.

MMDG will also restage Resurrection (2002), a work for fourteen dancers to Richard Rodgers’ Slaughter on Tenth Avenue featuring costumes by Isaac Mizrahi and lighting by Michael Chybowski for performance in spring 2016 in Fairfax and Norfolk, VA.

Ensure the future of MMDG

When you name the Mark Morris Dance Group in estate plans through bequests, gift annuities, charitable trusts, and beneficiary designations, you will automatically become a part of the Legacy Society. Your gift will have valuable tax benefits to you; and you'll also enjoy invitation to a special annual event for Legacy Society members-only. If you have planned for MMDG in your will, or would like information on how to do so, please contact Michelle Amador, Director of Development at 718-624-8400, ×208.

Many people choose to transfer securities rather than making a direct contribution of cash. Should you choose this method of giving, you will not pay any capital gains tax on your gift, and you may be able to claim a Federal income tax deduction based on the full fair market value of the securities on the effective date of your gift. The most convenient way to donate stock is to use electronic wire transfer.

Contact Michelle Amador, Director of Development, at 718-624-8400 x208 to receive a form - pre-filled with our account information - for your broker.

Thank you!

MMDG gratefully acknowledges support for its new website from Booth Ferris Foundation.

Major support for the Mark Morris Dance Group has been provided by Friends of MMDG and:

The Amphion Foundation, Inc.
Anonymous
Arnow Family Fund
Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
Sarabeth Berman and Evan Osnos
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP.
Morley and Frederick Bland
Allan and Rhea Bufferd
Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation
Iris Cohen and Mark Selinger
Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Suzy Kellems Dominik
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman
Shelby and Frederick Gans Fund
The Howard Gilman Foundation
The Harkness Foundation for Dance
Sandy Hill
Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
Leatherwood Foundation
The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
Suzanne Berman and Timothy J. McClimon
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Meyer Sound/Helen and John Meyer
Isaac Mizrahi and Arnold Germer
New England Foundation for the Arts
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Ellen and Arnold Offner
PARC Foundation
Poss Family Foundation
Jerome Robbins Foundation
Billy Rose Foundation, Inc.
Margaret Conklin and David Sabel
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
San Antonio Area Foundation
Schneer Foundation
The SHS Foundation
The Shubert Foundation
Diane Solway and David Resnicow
Jane Stine and R.L. Stine
Solon E. Summerfield Foundation
Trust for Mutual Understanding
The White Cedar Fund
 
Corporate support provided by:
 
American Express
Credit-Suisse
ExxonMobil Corporation Matching Gift Program
Google Matching Gift Program
Guggenheim Partners Matching Gifts
IBM Corporation Matching Gifts Program
JP Morgan Chase
Kinder Morgan Foundation
McDermott, Will & Emery
Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc.
New York Life Insurance Company
Resnicow + Associates
SingerXenos Wealth Management
Tiffany & Co.


Local business support provided by:

ASA Vending
Betty Bakery
Brooklyn Beat Festival
Brooklyn Boulders
Brooklyn Museum of art
Chipotle
Damascus Bakery
Fairway
Lulu & Po
Paper Source
Greene Grape Provisions
Nathanial Lee Pilates
Six Point Brewery
Smashburger
Starbuck’s
Theater For a New Audience
Trader Joe’s
Urban Glass


Public funding for MMDG has been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, the New York City Department for the Aging, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mark Morris Dance Group (Discalced, Inc.) is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

For more information contact:

Michelle Amador
Director of Development
718.624.8400
michelle@mmdg.org


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Mark Morris Dance Group
3 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1415

The mission of the Mark Morris Dance Group is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community.

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