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
  • Advance ticket acces 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
  • 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
  • MMDG T-shirt

Plus:

  • 25% discount on 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
  • 25% discount on 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
  • 25% discount on 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
  • 25% discount on 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
  • 25% discount on 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
  • 25% discount on 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 has consistently created two 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); pianists Emanuel Ax and Yoko Nozaki 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, Mark will premiere three new works:

  • Words, set to ten of the forty-eight songs of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words," will premiere on October 8 and 9, 2014 as part of City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival. Mark created Words as a kit, adjustable in length and number of dancers per section (maximum 16), and adaptable to traditional and non-traditional performance venues of varying shapes and sizes, a feature that will be used this fall, when MMDG launches Excursions 2014, a unique touring project.
  • In April, Mark will present a new work for two to four veteran dancers to chamber music as part of the Dance Group’s BAM season, which will feature two repertory programs featuring classic and recent works.
  • The third new dance of the season will premiere as part of the Tanglewood Music Center’s 75th anniversary celebration in June 2015. The Music Center has commissioned 35 new works from its fellow and faculty alumni, including Mark who is the only artist selected who is not a composer. This full company work will be set to Bach’s "Brandenburg Concerto No. 1," arranged for two pianos and performed by Tanglewood alumnus. 

These 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.

Contact Sara Sessions, Development Associate, to make a special gift to the New Works Fund.

Restage, restore, and rebuild early works

MMDG regularly restages works from Mark Morris' 150+ 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), and All Fours (2003).  In addition, MMDG restored Mark's hallmark work, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato rebuilding aged costumes and reparing set and prodcution elements.

In the coming year, Encore Fund support will be directed to an ambitious staging of Mark's 1995 work, Pacific, originally created on pointe for the San Francisco Ballet. This work, to Lou Harrison’s “Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano,” will be set on the Dance Group by former company member Tina Fehlandt. It will be adapted for the Dance Group to perform in bare feet. The dance will be a featured part of MMDG’s BAM season in April 2015 and subsequent tour engagements.

Contact Sara Sessions, Development Associate, to make a special gift to the Encore Fund.

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.

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:

Suzy Kellems Dominik
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman
Shelby and Frederick Gans Fund
The Howard Gilman Foundation
Google
Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Meyer Sound/Helen and John Meyer
Poss Family Foundation
Billy Rose Foundation, Inc.
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
The SHS Foundation
The Shubert Foundation
Jane Stine and R.L. Stine
Robert F. Wallace
The White Cedar Fund

Additional support has been provided by:

The Amphion Foundation, Inc.
Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
Beyer Binder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP.
Florence V. Burden Foundation
Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation
Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Kinder Morgan Foundation
Materials for the Arts
McDermott, Will & Emery
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Resnicow Schroeder Associates
Jerome Robbins Foundation
SingerXenos Wealth Management

Public funding for MMDG has been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 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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