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Thursday April 23, 2015

Mark Morris Dance Performs 'Whelm' and 'Words' at BAM

No choreographer alive has a higher reputation for musicality than Mark Morris; and that reputation — despite several blunders along the way — has been well earned over more than 30 years of marvelously eclectic creativity. From the Baroque to American modernism, from Monteverdi to Stravinsky, from Stephen Foster to jazz, his dances have brought music to meet dance in ways that have expanded our appreciation of the alchemy that these two arts can achieve together. And he is singularly, courageously, committed to live music in a field where, for economic reasons, recordings are increasingly employed.

Friday March 27, 2015

Mark Morris masterpiece "L'Allegro" airs on PBS tonight

One of the happiest, most uplifting and imaginative dance productions will air on PBS’s “Great Performances” at 9 p.m. tonight: Mark Morris’ “L”Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.” This full-length modern dance accompanied by Handel’s oratorio of the same name is perfect fare for early spring. Seeing it could very well make you feel better about the human condition.

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Mark Morris's Transcendent "L'Allegro," Captured on Film for PBS

Since its premiere in 1988, Mark Morris’s full-length dance staging of Handel’s oratorio “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” has provoked two widespread reactions. One: How blessed we are to live in an age in which such miraculous beauty is made! Two: When will this be filmed and made available to a wider public?

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Dancer goes from Belleville School of Ballet to "Great Performances" on PBS

It was one small step for a 3-year-old Swansea girl, one giant leap toward a professional dance career that would take her around the world...“I wanted to be a dancer as far back as I can remember,” she said. “Every little girl wants to be a dancer. I actually get to be one. I pinch myself all of the time when I think about how I am supporting myself and traveling the world with the Mark Morris Dance Group. ... I always knew deep down that I would find a way to live as a working dancer.”

Tuesday March 24, 2015

PBS broadcasting Mark Morris Dance Group on March 27

Morris has a magical ability to transform the everyday into the sublime. He can make the mere act of walking or running into something poetic and profound. He's also a keen listener and observer who frequently unearths hidden meanings in the music and poetry he loves, then clearly communicates his insights through beautiful, sensual movements.

Saturday March 21, 2015

On TV, That Thing with Feathers

Masterpiece isn’t a word to be thrown around lightly, but there’s no denying that Mark Morris’s “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” is thrillingly that. Choreographed in 1988, when Mr. Morris was the director of dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, this production, at long last, has been preserved on film by “Great Performances” and can be seen on PBS on Friday night. (Check local listings.)

Monday March 09, 2015

Staying en-pointe in the world of modern dance

A 3-year-old’s career choices are limitless. Each day they cycle through a new, exciting job, only to abandon it for an even cooler, more fantastic one the next morning. Toddlers spend entire days as astronauts, firemen, sheriffs and every other high-octane career they learned from their Saturday morning cartoons. When Laurel Lynch was 3, she wanted to be a dancer. Twenty-seven years later, she’s still living that dream.

Sunday March 08, 2015

Mark Morris Dance,Taylor Mac Among Arts& Ideas Festival Highlights

Mark Morris Dance Group's new staging of the Handel opera "Acis and Galatea" and a world premiere by performance artist Taylor Mac will be among the highlights for the 20th annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas to be held this June in New Haven.

Friday March 06, 2015

Mark Morris Dance Group warmly welcomed back to Seattle

In an uncertain world, one thing is for sure. Whenever the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) performs locally, audience reaction will be wildly enthusiastic. The fact that Morris is from Seattle has created a special bond between his troupe and the community that birthed him literally and artistically.

Thursday March 05, 2015

Choreographer Mark Morris opens up

“It’s more important to have a product that people respond to in some way, than it is where everyone got along fine, like going to a Disney show or something, where the men are men, and the girls are girls,” Morris said. “So I just think there should be some opportunity for people to experience some kind of excellence.”

Sunday March 01, 2015

Mark Morris Dance Group's many surprises flow naturally at GMU

Philosophers and physicists can go on debating whether logic and unpredictability can coexist. Mark Morris has already answered the question... Morris' works unspool with airtight musical logic. His choreography follows the music in a rolling, running rhythm of phrasing and sudden punctuation, movements that fall somewhere between common activity and high stylization. It all feels utterly natural. Logical.

Saturday February 28, 2015

From gentle to grand: Mark Morris Dance Group

With few exceptions, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has shown up at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, each winter since I moved to the DC area almost a decade ago, and for this I'm extremely grateful. Morris' choreography captivates me in a way that keeps me coming back for more. Not only do I wish to see his work repeatedly, but I envy those performing them. If watching Morris' dances brings me such bliss, then I imagine that actually dancing them must be even more satisfying...His works approach perfection.

Thursday February 26, 2015

Mark Morris Dance Group continues to dazzle audiences at GMU

Perhaps no artist is greater at putting human bodies into stunning motion than famed dancer and choreographer Mark Morris.

Monday February 23, 2015

Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato Set for THIRTEEN's Great Performances

Merriment and Milton are hardly synonymous, but the poet who penned Paradise Lost also inspired George Frideric Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, which concludes "Mirth, with thee we mean to live." Choreographer Mark Morris garnered international fame for this piece, considered a landmark achievement, and set to Handel's Baroque masterpiece, in which a colorful array of dancers embody the ecstasy of art that transforms

Friday February 20, 2015

From Mark Morris, Seasonal Rituals Lusty and Solemn

Put together, the words “dance” and “spring” may conjure a mental image of barefoot people with flowers in their hair holding hands and skipping in circles. You can find such people in Mark Morris’s 2013 “Spring, Spring, Spring,” which will have its New York debut during his company’s season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (April 22 through 26). What you won’t find is the ritual sacrifice from the original scenario for this work’s score, Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.”

Tuesday February 17, 2015

Optimism and wit shine through in every movement of Mozart Dances

Mozart Dances reveals Mark Morris as the great magician of contemporary dance and its foremost optimist. In this seemingly carefree work he offers principles of profound beauty, not in a didactic way but with simplicity and grace.

Wednesday February 11, 2015

Memorable performance of mythic proportions

To mark its 50th anniversary, the Harriman-Jewell Series co-commissioned celebrated choreographer Mark Morris to reimagine Handel's "Acis and Galatea." The result was an epic old-meets-new production merging dance, opera, and art, presented to sold-out audiences over two nights in the Kauffman Center's Kauffman Theatre.

Monday February 09, 2015

Musical Marriage

Mark Morris is a household name among contemporary dance aficionados. A prolific choreographer, he established the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980 and has created nearly 150 works for the New-York based company. Renowed for making dance that is popular with critics and the public alike, Morris' status is nothing short of legendary.

Saturday January 31, 2015

Mark Morris Dance Group creates a golden opportunity for Harriman-Jewell’s anniversary

What better way for the Harriman-Jewell Series to celebrate its 50th anniversary than with an opera-ballet with a story from the golden age of Latin literature?The Mark Morris Dance Group will perform George Frideric Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” on Friday and Saturday at the Kauffman Center.

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Thursday January 29, 2015

On Film, the Dance Hidden in Hands, Poetry and Parkinson’s

It’s time for a new kind of dance film, one that forces you to see the art form differently, that even makes you breathe a little differently. This season’s Dance on Camera festival, now in its 43rd year, presents several unconventional offerings that aim spotlights at the choreographic rigor of hand-clapping games and competitive cheerleading or reveal how Parkinson’s patients can dance with hypnotic purity.

Tuesday January 20, 2015

L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato on THIRTEEN's Great Performances

Mark Morris's signature work comes to television for the first time, hosted by Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Saturday December 28, 2013

ESSAY: Mark Morris' Dido and Aeneas by Dr. Sophia Preston

An essay by Sophia Preston

Just a few minutes into Mark Morris’s 1989 dance to Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas it is clear that at least some of the movement “represents” the words of the libretto. Whether by looking apt (shaking hands in the air to “shake”), or through repetition (hands held out in an Indian dance mudra every time the word “fate” is heard), associations build up between gestures and words, creating a lexicon of gestural signs. This “re-presentation” of the libretto through gestures might be viewed as a redundant doubling of the words, but my contention is that, on the contrary, Morris exploits the transparency of this strategy to sophisticated and moving effect.

Friday January 27, 2012

Two Reasons the Patient is Still Kicking

Alastair Macaulay for The New York Times

Every so often someone declares ballet dead. The theater critic Kenneth Tynan even did so in the 1960s, a decade that many of us assume must have been a golden age. (The choreographer Frederick Ashton said, “It’s having the biggest funeral in history.”) In 2010 it was the turn of Jennifer Homans, the dance critic of The New Republic, in the epilogue of her ballet history, “Apollo’s Angels.” In 1993 — I’d better come clean — it was me.

Friday May 14, 2010

A Mark Morris dance you must not miss

Roger Downey for Crosscut Seattle
Sometimes it’s the fuel that creates the dance. Jerome Robbins’ strange melancholy masterwork "New York Export: Opus Jazz" (seen all over America in a new staging in late March on PBS’s Great Performances), was the work of a man recalling youth, idealizing youth, desperately evoking youth as it faded from him. But sometimes youth itself makes the dance, pours it out in full thoughtless flood. Such a work is "Gloria," created in 1981 on a part-time company of friends by a 25-year-old independent choreographer named Mark Morris.
"Gloria" is only one of three Morris works coming to Seattle’s Paramount Theater May 21-23; but it is the one which you must see, whether you are a dance fan, a baroque music buff, a theater maven, or simply a person who has sometimes felt moving in the soul the feeling expressed by Dylan Thomas’s immortally longing Polly Garter in Under Milk Wood: “Oh, isn’t life a terrible thing, thank God?”

Friday November 24, 1995

ESSAY: Roger Downey on Dido and Aeneas

All it took to condemn one of the greatest operas ever written to three centuries in shadows were a bare dozen words—“Perform'd at Mr. Josias Priest's Boarding-School at Chelsey. By Young Gentlewomen.”

And the worst of it? It wasn’t even true.

In fact Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas was probably written for performance before the King and Queen of England. But those words, at the head of the libretto published in 1689, have cast such a pall of dainty respectability, of amateur night shenanigans over the work that most listeners have neglected the evidence of their own ears. Dido has been mostly revived professionally when a mezzo-soprano combining musical insight with box-office clout—a Kirsten Flagstad, a Josephine Baker—has insisted on performing it. Paradoxically, Mark Morris's danced version of the piece has probably done more to establish Dido in the repertory than those artists did. 

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