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MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP: 3/8/03

February 11, 2003
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES BACK THE MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP
Saturday, March 8, 2003, 8PM
Performance features a New Piece set to music by Lou Harrison, "V," "New Love Song Waltzes," and "Going Away Party"



Fairfax, Virginia, February 10, 2003óThe incomparable Mark Morris brings his dancers back with a program showcasing his unabashed adoration for a wide variety of musical styles. Donít miss the chance to be captivated by this cheeky genius of dance and his impeccable sense of daring as the Mark Morris Dance Group returns to George Masonís Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, March 8 at 8PM. A pre-performance discussion, free for ticketholders, begins at 7:15PM on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall. Always a treat for Washington, D.C. audiences, Morris brings yet another area premiere to our stage with a brand-new piece set to one of his favorite composers, Lou Harrison.

His sense of daring and wonderment is evident in the remainder of the program, which includes a couple of brilliant chestnuts: Ten dancers romantically glide through the evening in New Love Song Waltzes set to Brahmsí Neue Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 65. Morris has always had a flair for the theatrical, and heís never afraid to make the audience laugh. In a lighthearted dance, a raucous group of seven, clad in denim, gingham and chaps, do some stompiní and kickiní in Morrisís 1990 Going Away Party, a happy, fast-paced jamboree to a jukebox full of songs by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. The music includes "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You," "Goin' Away Party," "Crippled Turkey," and "When You Leave Amarillo, Turn Out The Lights."

V, created by Morris in 2001, is set to Schumannís Quintet in E-Flat Major for Piano and String, Op. 44. The piece was simultaneously praised as "life affirming" (The New York Times) and an "intriguing motif with both emotional and visual impact" (The Washington Post). V features 14 Mizrahi-clad dancers in an electrifying piece that leaves the audience with emotions running the gamut from comfortable, to both energized and enervated.
With yet another eclectic and broad reaching program, Morris solidifies his reputation as one of the most inventive, creative and talented choreographers alive today.

Tickets for MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP are $42, $34, $21. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason Universityís College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.