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MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP - OCT. 10 & 11

September 11, 2003
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES BACK
THE MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP
D.C. AREA PREMIERE OF ALL FOURS and
THREE OTHER WORKS FROM
AMERICA’S PREMIER CHOREOGRAPHER
Friday, October 10, 8PM &
Saturday, October 11, 8PM


Fairfax, Virginia, September 8, 2003— Praised as a refreshingly irreverent master, Mark Morris, says legend Mikhail Baryshnikov, is "one of the great choreographers of our time." George Mason University’s Center for the Arts welcomes this audience favorite and his company back to our stage in a wildly eclectic program on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 at 8PM. These performances feature some of the best from Morris’s creative genius, as well as the D.C. area premiere of All Fours, a new piece for twelve dancers set to Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4. A pre-performance artistic discussion is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier.

For the dance/choral extravaganza that is 1981’s Gloria, Morris assembles ten dancers, soloists and chorus. "Vivaldi’s Gloria is a grand choral edifice, and the dance represents an early hallmark of Morris’ skills," exclaimed The New York Times. The Washington Post concurred calling it "a work of choreographic genius. Thrilling, original, profound." Morris, known for his superb use of musical inspiration, infuses Gloria with, says the Post, "movement [that] seems to spring from the music in compellingly instinctive ways." Of his playful use of the lilting country western tunes in Going Away Party, the Times (UK) states, "Morris’s genius is that he recognizes no hierarchical distinction between low and high art. He can tap into the stylistic formality of the one as easily as the direct emotional appeal of the other."

Morris has danced in with a bag over his head, and in a recent work with a remote control truck. He says his choreography develops from the score, and, he explains, "The part of my job I like best is working on new dances; making up what the dancers do and watching and adjusting until it is just what I want."

Morris first studied dance in his hometown of Seattle, Washington, developing an interest in a range of music and dance styles, including folk, classical ballet, and modern, which continue to influence his work. In his early career Morris performed with several groups, including the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, and the Eliot Feld Ballet.
At the age of 24, Morris founded the Mark Morris Dance Group with friends and colleagues. The ensemble first performed in 1980 at New York City's Merce Cunningham Studio. Today, the Mark Morris Dance Group boasts a busy international touring schedule and a bustling school, and is considered one of the world's leading dance companies.
While artist-in-residence at Belgium's national opera house, Morris created what many consider to be his masterpiece, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. He also produced his irreverent take on The Nutcracker, set in 1960s suburbia, The Hard Nut. Morris founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1990. He has created over 100 works for the Dance Group and other companies.


PROGRAM
MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP
Friday, October 10 & Saturday, October 11, 2003, 8PM


All Fours (World Premiere—September 12, 2003 at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA)
Music: Béla Bartók (String Quartet No. 4)
Lighting: Nicole Pearce
Costumes: Martin Pakledinaz
12 DANCERS

Going Away Party
Music: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
("Playboy Theme," "Yearning," "My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You,"
"Goin' Away Party," "Baby, That Sure Would Go Good," "Milk Cow Blues,"
"Crippled Turkey," "When You Leave Amarillo, Turn Out the Lights")
Lighting: Michael Chybowski
Costumes: Christine Van Loon
7 dancers
Premiere: April 14, 1990 – Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium

Gloria (1981, revised 1984)
Music: Antonio Vivaldi (Gloria in D, Op. 103 No. 3)
Lighting: Michael Chybowski
Orchestra; Chorus; 2 Sopranos
10 Dancers

A Spell
Music: John Wilson ("Where the bee sucks," "Stay, O Stay," "Do Not Fear To Put Thy Feet,"
"Take, O take those lips away")
Costume Design: Susan Ruddie
Lighting Design: Michael Chybowski
Dancers: 3
Premiere: 08/17/93 Location: Meadowbank Hall No. 1, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh


Tickets for MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP, October 10 & 11, 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. Visit the Center for the Arts website


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