Speaker - Mark Morris

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When Mark Morris (born in 1956) was still in his twenties, he leapt into world fame. A loudmouth of exceptional verbal wit, he soon became popular as a highly quotable personality, a dancer of extraordinary power, an intricate craftsman and an unpredictably imaginative theater artist.

By the end of the 1980s, it was standard practice to speak of Morris as one of the great living choreographers of American modern dance; and to recognize a number of his works as classics. His "Gloria" (1981), "New Love Song Waltzes" (1982), "One Charming Night" (1985), "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato" (1988), and "Dido and Aeneas" (1989) are works that abound in pure dance and in meanings at the same time.

His company, the Mark Morris Dance Group purchased a site in Brooklyn, New York, in 1998 that in subsequent years has become the company's home. "The Hard Nut" (1990) -- his 1960s American love-story version of "The Nutcracker", has become another staple of the repertory. Such shorter works as "Grand Duo" (1993), "The Office" (1994), and "All Fours" (2004) have taken aspects of his dance theater further.

Though he has indubitably made fewer classics in recent years, he remains startlingly prolific. His premieres in 2008 include "Joyride" for the San Francisco Ballet, a new dance for his own company to Samuel Barber's "Excursions," and his take on "Romeo and Juliet," choreographed to the newly-discovered version of Prokoviev's ballet score. And any Mark Morris premiere is news.

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Masters of Modern Dance: Mark Morris

01.01.01 | 00:39:15 min | 1 comment