May 25, 2017
City of Liverpool: Sgt. Pepper at 50 Festival
Mark Morris Dance Group - Royal Court Liverpool
A Mark Morris Dance Group production in association with American Dance Festival, Durham, North Carolina; BAM, Brooklyn, New York; Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with the Sony Centre, Toronto, Canada; Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, California; Celebrity Series of Boston, Massachusetts; The City of Liverpool, England, U.K.; Dance Consortium UK; Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, Connecticut; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla, California; Meyer Sound, Berkeley, California; Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle, Washington; Segerstrom Center for The Arts, Costa Mesa, California; UCSB Arts & Lectures, Santa Barbara, California; White Bird, Portland, Oregon.
- Mark Morris
- Ethan Iverson - "Magna Carta", "Adagio", "Allegro", "Scherzo", "Wilbur Scoville"
- The Beatles, arr. by Ethan Iverson - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "With a Little Help from My Friends", "When I'm Sixty-Four", "Within You Without You", "Penny Lane", "A Day in the Life"
- Scenic design
- Johan Henckens
- Costume Design
- Elizabeth Kurtzman
- Lighting Design
- Nick Kolin
- voice, theremin, soprano sax, trombone, piano, organ, harpsichord, percussion
- Number of Dancers
- Approximately one hour
An unprecedented chamber music ensemble of voice, theremin, soprano sax, trombone, piano, organ, harpsichord, and percussion will tease out and elaborate on Sgt. Pepper’s non-rock and roll influences. Arrangements of half a dozen songs from the album will intermingle with Pepper-inspired original pieces intended especially for Morris’ profound understanding of classical forms: Allegro, Scherzo, Adagio, and the blues.