L’Allegro Week

April 19-25, 2021

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato is perhaps Morris’s 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 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. Event registration opens April 6.

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

Starting April 19


During the entire week, 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.


Starting April 19


Join us for a series of 30-minute talks with conductor Jane Glover, set designer Adrianne Lobel, and former company dancers June Omura, Joe Bowie, and Tina Fehlandt ― who all danced in L’Allegro.

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 a special class in partnership with Lincoln Center Moments for people affected with dementia.

Repertory Workshop for beginner/intermediate adult students led by MMDG dancer Laurel Lynch: Tuesday, April 20, 6-7:30 pm ET
Free (suggested donation $12)

Dance with MMDG led by MMDG dancer Nicole Sabella: Saturday, April 24, 1-2 pm ET
Free (suggested donation $12)

Registration opens April 6.

Lincoln Center Moments with MMDG dancer Aaron Loux: Monday, April 26, 11am-12:30 pm ET

Dance for PD® Explore the Repertory: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

April 19, 11:00 AM ET


Led by David Leventhal, Dance for PD® Program Director and former MMDG dancer, this class is appropriate for people living with Parkinson’s and anyone with mobility concerns. Join us to explore selections from Mark Morris’s signature work. Seated versions of every activity will be simultaneously demonstrated.

Free (suggested donation $12)


L’Allegro Movement Project

April 25, 2:00 PM ET


A team of young filmmakers worked with multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Ella Cooper to investigate the transformative power of dance. Together, they created the L’Allegro Movement Project, a documentary that tells the story of how dancers and teachers from Mark Morris Dance Group’s ground-breaking Dance for PD® program worked with partners in Toronto to create a transformative exploration of L’Allegro that inspired artistic discovery while building bridges among local communities. Join us as we screen Cooper’s film and interview community participants from New York and Toronto about what dancing L’Allegro means to them (the film will be available for screening all week). The event will also feature the world premiere of The Mountains Project, which features more than 75 people living with Parkinson’s dancing together in a virtual adapted staging of a section of L’Allegro.


Dance On! Digital Dance Lab

Starting April 19


This 3-part series introduces students of any age, level and ability to three of Mark Morris’ most acclaimed works. The third work of the series focuses on L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.