Last spring, live dance began its gradual return to New York City. The wait had been long, and the longing intense. I remember the first performance I saw in New York as if it were yesterday.
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★★★✰✰ Mark Morris Dance Group performs at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It's a triple bill including a premiere - Water
★★★★✰ After months apart, Morris and his dancers have finally been reunited in the company’s studios. The result is Live From Brooklyn, a 45-minute program that includes a new work, Tempus Perfectum, set to Brahms...
★★★★★ Mark Morris Dance Group dancers in Words - a Works & Process Pop Up Performance at the Guggenheim Museum. ★★★✰✰ Christine Jones, Steven Hoggett and David Byrne's SOCIAL! the social distance dance club - at the Park Avenue Armory.
★★★★✰ Mozart Dances goes far beyond a basic choreographic rendering of the score, instead inviting an active dialogue between disciplines.
★★★★✰ Mark Morris Dance Group are currently at the Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival performing a triple bill coupling a new work, "Sport", to the much admired "Empire Garden" and "V".
★★★★✰ It’s one of the most striking characteristics of the Mark Morris Dance Group. A common sense of focus, an alertness to the music and to each other.
★★★✰✰ I caught all four new works: an expanded version of Michelle Dorrance’s Myelination, Kyle Abraham’s Drive, the Sara Mearns and Honji Want collaboration No. 1, and Mark Morris’s solo Twelve of ‘em for David Hallberg.
★★★✰✰ Every few years the Mark Morris Dance Group presents an evening of dances at the company’s Brooklyn headquarters, a nondescript brick building across from BAM...
As with the Balanchine version, the Hard Nut’s success is a foregone conclusion.
Morris seems particularly interested in deploying turning and spinning movements these days; turns appear again and again in different forms in many of the new works, especially fast chaînés or dizzying rotations in one spot.
The evening offered a sampler of Morris’s newly-minted works (A Wooden Tree, Jenn and Spencer and Crosswalk, all made in 2012-13) and his splendid Italian Concerto from 2007.
Who knew that Beethoven composed his own cover version of ‘Sally in our Alley’? Mark Morris, obviously: the (English) song is the centrepiece of The Muir...
In this programme we got some shiny new toys, maybe quirkier than we imagined, but some definitely to keep and treasure.
What was curious about A Wooden Tree is that it did not include much dancing in the traditional sense. It was as if Morris had decided to do an experiment: to make a dance with as little dancing as possible, practically a pantomime.