A Wooden Tree

A Wooden Tree

Premiere

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Merrill Wright Mainstage Theater

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Details List

Choreography Mark Morris
Music Ivor Cutler - Here’s A Health for Simon; Stick Out Your Chest; The Market Place; Rubber Toy; Trouble, Trouble; Little Black Buzzer; I Got No Common Sense; Deedle, Deedle, I Pass; A Wooden Tree; Phonic Poem; I’m Going In A Field; I Love You But I Don’t Know What I Mean; Beautiful Cosmos; Cockadoodledon’t
Costume Design Elizabeth Kurtzman
Lighting Design Michael Chybowski
Instrumentation Recorded Music
Number of Dancers 8
Runtime 24 minutes

Press Quotes

  • "The numbers, in which [Cutler] both speaks and sings, are slight, whimsical and quaint but variously touched by satire, absurdism and pathos. Mr. Morris brings out their sweetness."
    New York Times
  • "a funny, savage, tender masterpiece...[Morris'] choreography finds it own magical way of replicating Cutler's style; an almost childlike dance vocabulary into which Morris embroiders gestures that veer between literal mime and a whimsical commentary of their own."
    The Guardian
  • "...mordant, poignant, and droll at once, using refracted mime and everyday movement - now miniaturized, now exaggerated - to both reflect and comment on lyrics that seem whimsical but are in fact much more."
    The Artery