Thursday February 18, 2021

The Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance On! 40th Anniversary Digital Season Continues with a Few Changes

BROOKLYN, NY – The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) announces schedule changes to Dance On! 40th Anniversary Digital Season, their first-ever digital season celebrating 40 years of dance. The livestreamed Live From Brooklyn performances, originally scheduled for the end of March, will move to May 6 and 7, 2021, and the third installment of Dance On! An Evening with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Part 3, featuring new videodances created by Mark Morris during this protracted time of isolation, will premiere on March 30, 2021. Also not previously announced, Live From Brooklyn will be directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, who…
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Monday November 23, 2020

Published in Cheddar

Dance Companies Go Digital Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Their company, Mark Morris Dance Group, has managed to keep its dancers employed, even after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of performances and tours for the foreseeable future. Still, the dancers have had to adjust to some uncomfortable realities — like taking class at home and rehearsing remotely.
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Saturday November 7, 2020

Published in The Washington Post

Mark Morris Dance Group steps online for its 40th-anniversary season

As the Mark Morris Dance Group’s fall season approached, the company knew it would be significant: This year is the modern dance troupe’s 40th anniversary, and programming would have to be almost all online. “Of course, we had very big plans involving revivals and touring internationally,” Nancy Umanoff, executive director, says. “Then we became digital several months ago. There was a bit more uncertainty, but tremendous opportunity.”
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Wednesday October 28, 2020

Published in The New York Times

Mark Morris Dance Group Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary Online

The Mark Morris Dance Group will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a digital season, its first since the coronavirus shutdown. Not that the company has been absent from the digital world. In May, it released four new dances by Mr. Morris, the company’s artistic director, made using Zoom, and has been streaming archival material.
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Wednesday October 28, 2020

The Mark Morris Dance Group Celebrates Milestone with Dance On! 40th Anniversary Digital Season

BROOKLYN, NY – The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) presents Dance On! 40th Anniversary Digital Season from October 2020 to May 2021 to commemorate its 40-year milestone. The season includes new videodance events with live Q&As; three distinct weeks of programming each focused on one of Mark Morris’s best-known works, including full-length screenings, online talks with Morris and artistic collaborators, interactive dance classes, and more; plus, special livestreamed performances of solos, duets, and quartets live on stage, including new work by Morris. Additionally, the Dance On! Video Vault will resume with on-demand archival video collections of Morris’s less-performed works. Many of…
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Friday September 11, 2020

Darryl Pinckney and Onay Payne Join Mark Morris Dance Group Board

BROOKLYN, NY – The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) welcomes two new members, Darryl Pinckney and Onay Payne, to its board. Pinckney is an acclaimed writer and fan of MMDG since the early 1990s. Payne is a portfolio manager with over twenty years of experience in the real estate and finance industries. “We are honored to have Ms. Payne and Mr. Pinckney joining our leadership team at such a pivotal moment in our history,” says Board Chair Judith R. Fishman. “Both are extraordinary leaders in their respective fields and add exponentially to our knowledge base. Their guidance, combined with that of our full board,…
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Saturday June 6, 2020

Published in The Wall Street Journal

The Staying Inside Guide: Waltz of the Zoom Screens

‘Dance On!” the 58-minute stream of four dances and commentary, first shown live on May 28 and now archived on the Mark Morris Dance Group’s YouTube channel, might just as well have been called “Carrying On!” Mr. Morris calls these works “video dances” because, unlike the over 150 stage dances he’s made since forming his group in 1980, these were created with the assistance of Zoom and Final Cut Pro and meant to be streamed.
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Friday May 29, 2020

Published in The New York Times

Mark Morris Gives Video Dances a Whirl

In a way, all of Mr. Morris’s video dances shared a connection to that period, although with his stamp. His films are short, but emphatic. (They were created with Mr. Fowler, who edited, and the assistance of the rehearsal director, Sam Black.) These cinematic markers of the current condition, in which stillness and everyday movement somehow get to the heart of what we all are experiencing: flipping between the alienation that solitude brings and occasional fits of euphoria.
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