L’Allegro Week: Behind the Scenes

L’Allegro Week: Behind the Scenes

Go behind the scenes of Mark Morris’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato through the years in this collection of videos and photographs featuring rehearsals, interviews, set models, costume sketches, and more.

The video playlist below includes a rehearsal of “Populous Cities” at the Mark Morris Dance Center in 2019; three current MMDG dancers speaking about dancing in L’Allegro; a clip of the very first L’Allegro rehearsal from 1988; and Mark Morris speaking at a symposium on L’Allegro in Berkeley, California in 1994. To see the entire playlist, click on the three lines in the top right corner of the video below. Videos in the playlist will also play right after one another.

The media gallery features the program cover for L’Allegro’s US premiere at BAM in 1990; a photograph of MMDG dancers backstage at a L’Allegro performance in 1989; a page from the program of L’Allegro’s premiere run in Brussels signed by Mark Morris and MMDG dancers; costume sketches by designer Christine Van Loon, sketches and set models by set designer Adrianne Lobel; one of William Blake’s paintings inspired by John Milton’s L’Allegro and Il Penseroso; rehearsal photos from Rue Bara Studios in 1988; MMDG dancers at their regular dining spot within the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in 1988; and a photograph of curtain bows after a L’Allegro performance in Berkeley in 2000. Click on each image to read more.




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