The Muir

The Muir


Tanglewood Music Center

Mark Morris Dance Group - Seiji Ozawa Hall

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Choreography Mark Morris
Music Ludwig van Beethoven - Irish and Scottish folk songs – “Ye shepherds of this pleasant vale,” woO 156/4; “The sweetest lad was Jamie,” Op. 108/5; “Cease your funning,” woO 156/5; “Sally in your alley,” Op. 108/25, “Could this ill world have been contriv’d,” Op. 108/2; “Come fill, fill, my good fellow,” Op. 108/13; “The lovely lass of Inverness,” Op. 108/8
Costume Design Elizabeth Kurtzman
Lighting Design Nicole Pearce
Instrumentation soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, violin, cello, piano
Number of Dancers 6
Runtime 21 minutes

Press Quotes

  • "Other choreographers may force-feed each minute ten times as many actions, but few can match the vibrancy of Morris' stage pictures on the whole."
    Time Out New York
  • "The song lyrics are partially enacted in the relationships between dancers - cute, funny, and sad - as if these really are the romantic dalliances of young villagers after the Ceilidh in Innisfree or Brigadoon. But above any implied narrative, their movement flows freely, scythed into the music like a seal pressed into molten wax. It's the music that moves these Morris dancers and he conducts every body's action as he might instruct instruments in an orchestra."
    London Dance