MMDG Repertory

All Fours


September 12, 2003

Cal Performances

Mark Morris Dance Group - Zellerbach Hall

Berkeley, California United States

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Commissioned in part by Cal Performances

Mark Morris
Béla Bartók - String Quartet No. 4 (1928)
Costume Design
Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design
Nicole Pearce
2 violins, viola, cello
Number of Dancers
25 minutes

Press Quotes

… one of Morris’ instant classics

- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

…a profoundly moving major work. Here is an American dance maker working at the top of his form.

- Miami Herald

[All Fours] captures both the existential anxiety and, in its careful geometry and reiteration, the formal lucidity of Bartók’s quartet.

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

…a demanding, austere work for 12 dancers who illuminate the dense music, with both sharp percussive contractions of the upper back and long, graceful cursive lines through space.

- Contra Costa Times

…the dance is marked by high contrasts. In the emphatic outer movements, Morris works in tightly furled patterns of energy. [The] dancers, dressed in black, move in crisp, lean formations, springy on their toes, arms scissored behind their backs or clasped upward as if in sudden, fierce prayer.

- San Francisco Chronicle


I. Allegro
8 dancers

II. Prestissimo, con sordino
2 dancers

III. Non troppo lento
4 dancers

IV. Allegretto pizzicato
2 dancers

V. Allegro molto
8 dancers

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