Past Performance

October 29, 2016 - November 5, 2016 Serenade; The “Tamil Film Songs in Stereo” Pas de Deux; O Rangasayee; Pure Dance Items (world premiere)

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts - White Light Festival

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

New York, New York — United States

Performance Times

October 29, 2016 7:30pm

November 03, 2016 7:30pm

November 05, 2016 7:30pm Pre-performance discussion with Mark Morris at 6:15pm


These performances are part of the Sounds of India, a mni-festival curated by Mark Morris for Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.

With Mark Morris at the helm, the 2016 White Light Festival‘s “Sounds of India” programming casts its gaze on various realms of artistic expression originating in and inspired by South and East India. Mark Morris, who has developed a deep relationship with the area over the past three decades, curates this special focus that explores place, culture, tradition, and the creativity of this vibrant region. Along with the Mark Morris Dance Group, artists rooted in Indian classical traditions illuminate how aesthetic experiences transcend their origins to reveal our shared humanity.

Join Mark Morris and Lakshmi Vishwanathan for the Sounds of India: Opening Talk on Thursday, October 27 at 6:15pm.

View Sounds of India Festival line-up

See below and register online to explore the rhythm and dance of India with a day of classes for all skill levels on October 30. 

Mark Morris has sojourned to India for decades, transforming ancient movement and form into inventive works with his own signature. For this special White Light Festival program, the Mark Morris Dance Group reprises two India-inspired Morris solos, O Rangasayee and Serenade, as well as a humorous duet set to a lively Tamil film score. The program culminates in a radiant world premiere with music by Terry Riley, inspired by Morris’s travels to the region.

This program runs approximately one hour. There will be no intermission.


The choreographer Mark Morris, who has long been drawn to the arts and culture of India, has programmed a 10-part series exploring the music and dance of South India that will form the centerpiece of this fall’s White Light Festival, Lincoln Center announced Thursday. 

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- The New York Times
The White Light Festival at New York's Lincoln Center focussed this year on southern Indian arts and revived the Mark Morris dance, 'O Rangasayee'

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- The Hindu
Morris’s new piece uses the rhythm and gesture of Indian dance as its foundation

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- Financial Times
The eight events curated by choreographer Mark Morris for “Sounds of India,” part of Lincoln Center’s current White Light Festival, include three dance presentations that provide particular sights for the sounds on offer. 

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- The Wall Street Journal
"O Rangasayee", A Mark Morris dancing solo has been revived as part of Sounds of India, at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. Morris, a passionate admirer of Indian music and dance, is the curator of the series. The Mark Morris Dance Group is giving three performances two of which have Indian themes and “O Rangasayee” is definitely the highlight. 

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- The New Yorker
As curator of “Sounds of India,” part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, Mark Morris has invited a number of performing artists from South India to perform in New York; at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater of John Jay College, the Mark Morris Dance Group is alternating with the Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe and Nrityagram. But all four pieces of his own program, which opened on Saturday night, show his talent’s marvelously irrational aspect.

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- The New York Times
The art and culture of South India will be the centerpiece of the prestigious music festival held annually at the renowned Lincoln Center in New York. The 7th season of Lincoln Center’s ‘White Light Festival’ will open on October 16. Award-winning choreographer Mark Morris will curate a ten-part series on it. The international multidisciplinary festival will have 41 performances in 10 venues over the course of a month, by artists and companies from nine countries. The festival will open with the US premiere of Human Requiem, an intimate and unique theatrical choral event performed by German classical choir Rundfunkchor Berlin.

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- Blouinartinfo

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