Tanglewood Music Center

Seiji Ozawa Hall

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Cargo was commissioned in part by the Tanglewood Music Center of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Levine, former Music Director, through the generous support of Michael and Sally Gordon and the Florence Gould Foundation.

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Choreography Mark Morris
Music Darius Milhaud - La Création du monde, Op. 58
Costume Design Katherine M. Patterson
Lighting Design Nicole Pearce
Instrumentation 2 violins, viola, cello, piano
Number of Dancers 9
Runtime 17 minutes


Cargo Cults of the South Pacific believed that manufactured goods (‘cargo’) were created for them by ancestral spirits.

La Création du monde by Darius Milhaud used by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., sole agent in the United States, Canada, and Mexico; for Editions Max Eschig, a BMG Editions Company, publisher and copyright owner.

Press Quotes

  • "The finely honed ensemble captures all the wit and energy of the piece, and the audience gave it an enthusiastic welcome. Clearly, Morris has another winner on his hands."
    Ballet-Dance Magazine
  • "Cargo can be read as a cautionary tale or a creation myth. Either way, it's a fascinating bit of dancing."
    Seattle Times
  • "...the kind of mystery that draws you in, rather than excluding you."
    New York Sun