MMDG Repertory

Violet Cavern


June 08, 2004

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Mark Morris Dance Group - Howard Gilman Opera House

Brooklyn, New York United States

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Commissioned in part by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Mark Morris
The Bad Plus - Violet Cavern (commissioned score)
Costume Design
Elizabeth Kurtzman
Scenic Design
Stephen Hendee
Lighting Design
Michael Chybowski
Number of Dancers
50 minutes

Press Quotes

"A compelling visual experience that moves back and forth from mystery to exuberance, ending in a dazzling display of 15 dancers each spinning in his or her own sphere. Stephen Hendee's panels with their weblike design create a tapestry that gives each of the seven movements a distinct look and feel as Michael Chybowski's brilliant lighting effects change the entire color scheme from silver-blue to peach to yellow to bright white"

Seattle Post-Intelligencer


"I began to feel as if Morris was manipulating a Rubik's Cube and I couldn't bear to put it down."

The Village Voice


"Violet Cavern turned Morris' inventive vocabulary into an eloquent and absorbing language."

San Francisco Chronicle


"The music... played live by the composers, is Stravinsky by way of Kurt Cobain, with a dash of Erik Satie and it's a knockout."



Violet Cavern score composed and performed by The Bad Plus.

The Bad Plus: Ethan Iverson, piano; Reid Anderson, bass; David King, percussion
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