Led by current and former Mark Morris Dance Group company members, students will learn and explore phrases from a variety of Mark Morris’ repertory that will emphasize musicality and specificity of movement as well as proper technique. Gaining knowledge and insight first-hand, these workshops aim to inform, inspire, and develop the artistic practice of pre-professional students. Repertory workshops have a minimum of two sessions. Residencies, typically five days, can culminate in an informal showing.
Using Mark Morris’ repertory as pedagogy, MMDG offers specialized workshops in four areas of focus. These workshops have a minimum of three hours for a one-day commitment.
- Musicality in Dance: This workshop explores and juxtaposes select dances from Mark’s repertory with a range of musical scores, rhythm, and instrumentation. This workshop emphasizes rhythm, musical phrasing, and hearing the music.
- Designing a Unit/Lesson Plan: Ideal for Dance Education majors, this workshop utilizes Mark Morris’ repertory to develop themes, big ideas, and understandings when developing a unit of study in dance.
- Dance Composition: This workshop focuses on developing a students’ choreographic process through Mark Morris repertory utilizing music, choreographic devices, and multi-disciplinary inspiration – poetry, visual arts, and other cultural references.
- Performance readiness: This workshop focuses on performance readiness, embodying a character, ensemble dancing, and exploring one’s artistic liberty on stage through the lens of Mark Morris’ work.