Turgid Talk-Backs and Wonderful “Words”

Robert Greskovic for The Wall Street Journal

Last week, a high point of the city’s busy schedule of October dance events was the Mark Morris Dance Group in a world premiere commissioned by Fall for Dance at City Center. Mr. Morris’s “Words,” set to 10 of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words,” capped a quadruple bill shared by three other groups. The 25-minute suite of dances—the only one on its bill presented with live music—dominated the program richly and decisively.