MMDG Repertory



April 19, 2002

Cal Performances

Mark Morris Dance Group - Zellerbach Hall

Berkeley, California United States

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This dance was funded, in part, by Cal Performances, Philip Morris Companies,Inc., and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Challenge Program. The Silk Road Project, Inc. commissioned the music for Kolam.

Mark Morris
Zakir Hussain (arranged by George Brooks) - Charu A, Charu B, Rapt in 7 1/2
Ethan Iverson - Aviary, Kolam Finale
Lighting Design
Michael Chybowski
Scenic Design
Howard Hodgkin
Costume Design
Katherine M. Patterson
cello, bass, piano, tabla and percussion
Number of Dancers
28 minutes


"Kolam" is the Tamil word for the art of decorating courtyards, walls, and places of worship using powders to draw intricate designs. It is the only art in India that transcends caste, occupation, and religion.

The world premiere performance of Kolam at Cal Performances featured: 

Yo-Yo Ma - cello
Ben Street - bass
Ethan Iverson - piano
Zakir Hussain - tabla and percussion

The mission of the Mark Morris Dance Group is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community.

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