MMDG Repertory

Canonic 3/4 Studies


July 29, 1982

On the Boards

Mark Morris Dance Group - Washington Hall

Seattle, Washington United States

More Performances

Mark Morris
various composers - piano waltzes arranged by Harriet Cavalli
Lighting Design
James F. Ingalls
Number of Dancers
14 minutes

Press Quotes

"Set to an assortment of waltzes, it unleashed a nonstop barrage of inventive and often unorthodox ways for nine dancers to emphasize the waltz beat."

Los Angeles Times


"Morris shows how a waltz can smack you in the face, causing you to keel over, and it's just as useful for staggering as for swooning."

Boston Globe


"Morris at his structural best - a mathematically musical study of how a movement phrase can be tweaked, torqued, and twisted into a plethora of permutations."

Sarasota Herald- Tribune



“Originally Canonic Waltz Studies, the title was changed when Morris discovered that not all the musical selections were waltzes. He created it on the students of his summer workshop at On the Boards in Seattle. The piece was a workshop for him too; he was about the make New Love Song Waltzes, and he was practicing working with ¾ time.”
- Joan Acocella, Mark Morris (1993)

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