June 08, 2004
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Mark Morris Dance Group - Howard Gilman Opera House
Brooklyn, New York United States
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
"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"
"I began to feel as if Morris was manipulating a Rubik's Cube and I couldn't bear to put it down."
"Violet Cavern turned Morris' inventive vocabulary into an eloquent and absorbing language."
"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