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Wednesday December 06, 2017

Most Beatles-Related Art Sucks, but Mark Morris Dance Group'a Pepperland Is Not Like Most Beatles-Related Art

Pepperland, was a creation of the legendary choreographer (and Seattle émigré) Mark Morris and his frequent musical collaborator Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus. It was commissioned by the city of Liverpool to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP last June.

One look at the clips online, and I was hooked. This is not some jukebox revue, with leotarded coryphées swanning around like plasticene porters in "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," pantomiming shovel work for "Fixing a Hole," and impersonating roosters on "Good Morning, Good Morning" while wearing kooky silk military uniforms against a tie-dye backdrop. Far out, man.

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