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Dance On! Video Vault

Curated Collections from the Mark Morris Dance Group Archive

Until we can share the joy of dance with you in theaters again, we continue to Dance On! (online). Dance On! Video Vault is a series of curated archival collections that provide a rare chance to rediscover dances from the earlier years of the Mark Morris Dance Group with lively introductions by Mark Morris himself.

To date, Morris has choreographed 185 works, some of which have only been performed a handful of times, or for which we only have one or two performances on video. Through this series, we’re putting the spotlight on dances that aren’t as well known and are shown far less than some of the Dance Group’s most iconic dances.

Every month this summer, for a limited time, we’re streaming a different collection of full-length works from our archives on demand. The first collection, The Early Years, will be available on demand through July 19.

 

The Early Years

This archival collection strings together 3 dances from the 1980’s, each introduced by Mark Morris with short videos.

Note: The recordings of these performances were digitized between 2017 and 2020 with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to preserve the audiovisual and works on paper materials belonging to the Mark Morris Dance Group. Because of the age of the recordings, they are not in high definition.

The featured dances include :

Dad’s Charts (performed at Cunningham Studios performance on November 29, 1980)

Canonic 3/4 Studies (performed at Dance Theater Workshop on December 18, 1983)

Strict Songs (performed at BAM, May 19, 1988)


As a performance, education, and cultural resource for our global community, changes in programming, including postponed performances and cancellations, have had a significant financial impact on our organization. Amidst these challenges, we are committed to bringing you meaningful programs and keeping our community strong.

But we need your help. If you can, please consider donating to our Dance On! Recovery Fund. If you’ve already made a gift—thank you!

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