L’Allegro Week

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato is perhaps Morris’ most beloved work, set to Handel’s oratorio of the same name. It was Morris’ premiere work as Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. L’Allegro week includes a weeklong screening of the work filmed at the Teatro Real in Madrid in July 2014. The week will also include a post-screening live Q&A with Morris on April 19, talks with dancers and artistic collaborators, Dance with MMDG classes for all levels to learn excerpts of the work, Dance for PD classes appropriate for anyone with mobility concerns, and a screening of L’Allegro Movement Project, a short documentary about the transformative power of dance for people with Parkinson’s. L’Allegro Week is free.

Screening of the L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato film


Starting April 19, 2021, you can enjoy L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato in its full glory as we screen Mark Morris’s utopian vision of life and art filmed at the Teatro Real in Madrid in July 2014 for PBS’ Great Performances. “Masterpiece isn’t a word to be thrown around lightly, but there’s no denying that Mark Morris’s “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” is thrillingly that. ” –The New York Times. Don’t miss the post-screening live Q&A on April 19!



Join us for a series of 30-minute talks with Mark Morris, Colin Fowler, MMDG dancers, and other collaborators about everything L’Allegro. The talks will be available on demand for the entire week. Check back for a full schedule.

Learn to dance L’Allegro!


Join one of our classes and learn excerpts from Mark Morris’ beloved dance! Our Dance with MMDG class is perfect for the whole family. But we also have a repertory workshop for beginner/intermediate adult students and Dance for PD classes for people with Parkinson’s or other mobility concerns.

Screening of L’Allegro Movement Project


A team of young filmmakers worked with multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Ella Cooper to investigate the transformative power of dance. Dancers and teachers from Mark Morris Dance Group’s ground-breaking Dance for PD® program collaborated with the Toronto Dancing with Parkinson’s group and local elementary school students from Nelson Mandela Park PS and Winchester PS to create the L’Allegro Movement Project documentary. The weeklong screening will be accompanied by a joint discussion with NYC and Toronto Parkinson’s dancers and teaching artists (in partnership with Dancing with Parkinson’s Canada).