Mark Morris Dance Group ‘L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato’

Carmel Morgan for Ballet-Dance Magazine

If the test of good choreography is wanting to see a dance over and over and over again, then Mark Morris passes that test with “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato,” his 1988 masterwork to the music of George Frideric Handel and the poems of John Milton. Morris, his dancers, and his collaborators (set design by Adrianne Lobel, costume design by Christine Van Loon, and lighting design by James F. Ingalls) all deserve an A+. The standing ovation following the January 2012 performance at Washington’s Kennedy Center certainly reflected that grade.