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Choreography Mark Morris
Music Antonio Vivaldi - Gloria in D, RV589
Lighting Design Michael Chybowski
Instrumentation soprano, mezzo-soprano, orchestra
Number of Dancers 10
Runtime 30 minutes


In 1986, excerpts from Gloria were taped for broadcast for the PBS special Mark Morris, Dance in America.The original lighting design by Donald Firestone was revised by Philip Sandström in 1984 and again by Michael Chybowski in 1988.

In 2006, as part of MMDG’s 25th Anniversary celebration at BAM, Mark Morris conducted the piece for the first time.

Press Quotes

  • "...a swell of music and euphoria..."
    Washington Post
  • "Gloria” shows how Mr. Morris borrowed much of the spiritual language of earlier modern dance while roughing up the piety that can stick in the throats of a skeptical contemporary audience. It also shows his musicality and construction by movement motifs. Anyone can follow these patterns and intuit their significance: here humility and solidarity."
    New York Times
  • "Gloria is a passionate journey of struggle with the woes of life reaching toward the ecstasy of finding grace."
    Ballet Review