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Words

Premiere

New York City Center – Fall for Dance Festival

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Words was commissioned by New York City Center for their 2014 Fall for Dance Festival.

Details List

Choreography Mark Morris
Music Felix Mendelssohn - Songs without Words – Op. 67, no. 6 – “Serenade”; Op. 38, no. 2 – “Lost Happiness”; Op. 67, no. 5 – “Shepherds Complaint”; Op. 67, no. 4 – “The Spinning Wheel”; Op. 19, no. 6 – “Venetian Barcarole”; Op. 62, no. 3 – “Funeral March”; Op. 62, no. 6 – “Spring Song”; Op. 62, no. 1 – “May Breezes”; Op. 30, no. 2 – “Unrest”; Op. 30, no. 6 – “Second Barcarole”
Lighting Design Nick Kolin
Costume Design Maile Okamura
Instrumentation Violin, Piano
Number of Dancers 16
Runtime 24 minutes

Press Quotes

  • "...the dance shows us how much [Morris] can do with a simple, near-pedestrian dance vocabulary and a phenomenally diverse grasp of basic dance musicality."
    New York Times
  • "...another of Mr. Morris’s beguiling affairs, intriguingly expressing poetry beyond words."
    Wall Street Journal
  • "frisky and enigmatic."
    Washington Post