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Lesley Garrison and Durell R. Comedy in Layla and Majnun.© Susana Millman. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Layla and Majnun – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Where Morris succeeded beautifully was in melding Eastern dance styles into his balletic modern vocabulary in deep torso bends, dervish whirls and arms extended beyond his already expansive port de bras.

Jenn Weddel, Stacy Martorana and Rita Donahue in L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato.© Kevin Yatarola. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato – New York

L’Allegro, with its painterly tableaux, classical references, and unselfconscious evocations of sex and death, feels both ancient – almost pagan – and perfectly of our time…

Rita Donahue and Mikhail Baryshnikov in A Wooden Tree.© Tim Summers. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group — Canonic ¾ Studies, A Wooden Tree, Silhouettes, Grand Duo — Sarasota

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.

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