BROOKLYN, NY – This summer for two months only, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) is bringing back its popular Video Vault series as Summer Cinema with the Mark Morris Dance Group, streaming two archival performance collections curated by Archive Project Manager Stephanie Neel. The collections will be available on-demand in July and August and will be complemented by two livestreamed conversations with dancers and music directors.
The first performance collection, “Bijoux and Double Through the Generations,” available July 7 through August 4, includes screenings of solos from both works performed by dancers of different generations. Bijoux is set to Erik Satie’s score for piano and voice – Quatre petit melodies (1920) and Ludions (1923) with text by Léon Paul Fargue. Morris choreographed the work on former MMDG dancer Teri Weksler, in her tiny New York City apartment in 1983. Morris described Weksler’s apartment as “a little jewel box,” and he choreographed the work within that confined space. In addition to Weksler and Morris, Bijoux has been performed by Lauren Grant and Megan Williams.
Double, the second part of Morris’s evening-length Mozart Dances is set to the composer’s Sonata in D major for Two Pianos, K.448 (1781), and features a prominent solo role that was premiered by Joe Bowie in 2006, at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Since its premiere, Mozart Dances has been performed many times and recorded for broadcast, and Double has also been performed as a standalone work. In addition to Bowie, Aaron Loux and Domingo Estrada, Jr. have performed the solo role.