Mark Morris Dance Group Triumphs in New Orleans Appearance

Chris Waddington for The Times-Picayune

Playing to a packed house at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts, Mark Morris Dance Group pulled off a jaw-dropping feat of magic on Saturday. In fact, make that three feats of magic, for this troupe of 18 dancers, a string quartet and a pianist delivered what is likely to be the best night of dance, the best night of classical music, and the best night of theater that New Orleans will see in the 2011-2012 season.