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L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato


November 23, 1988

Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie

Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie

Brussels Belgium

Mark Morris
George Frideric Handel - L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato
Scenic Design
Adrianne Lobel
Costume Design
Christine Van Loon
Lighting Design
James F. Ingalls
Orchestra and Chorus
Number of Dancers
100 minutes (Act I: 55 minutes /Act II: 45 minutes)

Press Quotes

"It’s startling to see a work of genius composed largely from movements as basic as walking, running, hopping, skipping, lying down and the like. When it was new in 1988, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Mark Morris’s full-evening Handel-oratorio dance, made me quote Schumann’s line about Chopin: “Hats off, gentlemen, a genius.” I do so again with pleasure now. Even after 22 years I find no end to the intricacies of Mr. Morris’s construction, and the meanings that continually pour from them. It fills the soul with wonder; it fascinates the mind with suggestion."

New York Times

“In many ways, L’Allegro is the perfect introduction to the Morris style – showing not only his musical sensibility (and that of his hair-trigger-trained dancers), but also his enormous, and rare, skill compositional architecture.”

New York Post

A masterpiece of the late 20th century

Chicago Tribune

The entire spectacle represents one of those rare theatrical occasions by which those present measure their lives.

The Times Literary Supplement (London)


Mark Morris' premiere work as Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium.

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