All Fours

All Fours

Premiere

Cal Performances

Zellerbach Hall

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Commissioned in part by Cal Performances

Details List

Choreography Mark Morris
Music Béla Bartók - String Quartet No. 4 (1928)
Costume Design Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design Nicole Pearce
Instrumentation 2 violins, viola, cello
Number of Dancers 12
Runtime 25 minutes

Details

I. Allegro
8 dancers

II. Prestissimo, con sordino
2 dancers

III. Non troppo lento
4 dancers

IV. Allegretto pizzicato
2 dancers

V. Allegro molto
8 dancers

Press Quotes

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  • "… one of Morris’ instant classics"
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • "…a profoundly moving major work. Here is an American dance maker working at the top of his form."
    Miami Herald
  • "[All Fours] captures both the existential anxiety and, in its careful geometry and reiteration, the formal lucidity of Bartók’s quartet."
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
  • "…a demanding, austere work for 12 dancers who illuminate the dense music, with both sharp percussive contractions of the upper back and long, graceful cursive lines through space."
    Contra Costa Times
  • "…the dance is marked by high contrasts. In the emphatic outer movements, Morris works in tightly furled patterns of energy. [The] dancers, dressed in black, move in crisp, lean formations, springy on their toes, arms scissored behind their backs or clasped upward as if in sudden, fierce prayer."
    San Francisco Chronicle