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Wednesday September 21, 2011

Mark Morris Dance Group sets contemporary gender issues against classical backdrop

Sara Hayden for The Daily Californian

Like the two-dimensional figures painted on a Grecian urn, Mark Morris Dance Group contorted their bodies into fierce angles last weekend; the stage lost its depth and gained the boldness of an urn’s lines and shattered shapes. Ancient themes punctuated the space the way purposefully painted motifs mark a piece of pottery. In MMDG’s rendition of the tale “Dido and Aeneas,” presented by Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall, antiquated influence is cobbled together with wholly contemporary presentation.

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