Mark Morris Dance GroupMark Morris
Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Jane Glover, conductor
The Washington Bach Consort, J. Reilly Lewis, artistic director
Christine Brandes, soprano
Lisa Saffer, soprano
John McVeigh, tenor
Thomas Meglioranza, baritoneL'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
"Morris's adaptation of Handel's oratorio brimmed with life, color, powerful patterns, and a joyous humanity."
--Los Angeles Times
"...a joyous and enthralling fusion of dance, music, and theatrical magic that's touched by a genius of a very rare kind."
The marriage of music and movement has always been at the heart of Mark Morris's creative process. To bring that central spark to the stage, his company performs only to live music. Now in Morris's masterwork L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
the Mark Morris Dance Group
, which has performed with such esteemed musicians as Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, moves to the lush sounds of Handel played by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
under the baton of Jane Glover
This evening-length work, last performed at the Kennedy Center over a decade ago, marked Morris's debut as Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Mark Morris Dance Group lets Handel and the poetic verses of John Milton--sung here by sopranos Lisa Saffer
and Christine Brandes
, tenor John McVeigh
, baritone Thomas Meglioranza
, and The Washington Bach Consort
, directed by J. Reilly Lewis
--lead the way through timeless scenes of dancers delighting in pastoral beauty. The result is a dance masterpiece that the New York Times
hails as "a glorious outpouring of dance invention and humanistic imagery," and that Joan Acocella of the New Yorker
says is "widely considered one of the great dance works of the 20th century."
Go Behind the Curtain with photos and video interviews of the Mark Morris Dance Group dancers themselves at kcbehindthecurtain.tumblr.comPerformance Timing: Act I - 55 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 45 min.Explore the Arts
: On January 26, join a free post-performance discussion
with Mark Morris.