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MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP - FEB. 10 & 11

January 23, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP
TWO PERFORMANCES!

ß 25th Anniversary tour!
ß Modern dance the Morris way: Live music at all performances…
ß Mark Morris dances in the 2001 work, From Old Seville

FEBRUARY 10 AND 11, 8:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, January 10, 2006—“The live music is an integral part of the performance – the dancers are responding to that music as much as they are responding to the other dancers,” explained choreographer Mark Morris in the Birmingham (UK) Evening Mail during the Dance Group’s 2005 British tour. “Being live is what makes each performance individual.” A Mark Morris Dance Group performance means many things, among them, says The Washington Post, “beautiful movement, beautiful music, presented in unbroken harmony that feels as natural as breathing.”

Mark Morris and his talented ensemble continue the tradition of excellence begun over 25 years ago with two highly anticipated appearances at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on February 10 and 11 at 8:00 p.m. The program for both evenings includes 1995’s Somebody’s Coming to See Me Tonight, danced to Stephen Foster melodies; Rhymes With Silver, the 1997 “major achievement” (according to New York Magazine), set to a commissioned score by Lou Harrison; and From Old Seville, a flamenco tour de force, featuring Mark Morris in an over-the-top mating dance sure to elicit grins from both fans and neophytes.

A pre-performance discussion – on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall – is held at 7:15 p.m. on both evenings.

The San Francisco Chronicle called Rhymes with Silver “deliriously beautiful.” Set against Howard Hodgkin’s bold, colorful backdrop the piece starts off flavored by classical Indian dance, among other elements, and evolves into a work encompassing a wide range of moods; the dancers ultimately reveling in the joy of dance itself. The nostalgia of Somebody’s Coming to See Me Tonight transports both dancers and audience to the parlors of 19th century America. Watching From Old Seville, audiences receive “a full-wattage dose of Morris’s charm,” according to The Guardian (UK). This short work plays off the fact that Morris surely knows how to have fun, and, as The Guardian concludes, it is, above all, “mesmerizing and very funny.”

Program
Friday, February 10, 2006, 8:00 p.m. & Saturday, February 11, 2006, 8:00 p.m.

Somebody’s Coming to See Me Tonight
Music: Stephen Foster
“The Hour for Thee and Me,” “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Gentle Annie,” “Soiree Polka,” “Somebody’s Coming to See Me Tonight,” “Linger in Blissful Repose,” “Wilt Thou Be Gone, Love?” “Katy Bell,” “Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming”
Costumer Designer: Susan Ruddie
Lighting: Michael Chybowski

Soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, violin, cello, flute, piano

9 dancers

Premier: June 1995, Boston, Massachusetts

Rhymes With Silver
Music: Lou Harrison
“Prelude, Allegro, Scherzo, Ductia, Gigue and Musette,” “Chromatic Rhapsody,” “Romantic Waltz,” “Fox Trot, “Threnody,” “In Honor of Prince Kantemir,” “5-Tone Kit,” “Round Dance”

Set: Howard Hodgkin
Costumes: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting: Michael Chybowski

Violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion

16 dancers

Premiere: March, 1997, Berkeley, California

From Old Seville
Music: Manuel Requiebros
“A Esa Mujer”
Lighting: Nicole Pierce

3 dancers

Premiere: January 2001, New York, New York


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