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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at 4 p.m.

January 23, 2014
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Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at 4 p.m.


Featuring the D.C. area premieres of “A Wooden Tree,” “Jenn and Spencer” and “Crosswalk”


FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 23, 2014 – “[Mark Morris] finds ways to make bodies sing all the notes, not just the high ones,” says The New York Times about this brilliant choreographer whose work is known for its musicality, epitomized by performances that always feature live music. Mark Morris Dance Group brings two exquisite performances of dance to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

For more than 15 years, Mark Morris Dance Group has chosen to present groundbreaking new works and classic pieces from its expansive repertoire at the Center for the Arts and this appearance is no exception. These two performances feature a captivating program that includes 2007’s “Italian Concerto,” set to Bach’s Italian Concerto in F major, as well as three D.C. area premieres: 2012’s “A Wooden Tree,” a whimsical and sweet work set to the music and words of Scottish poet, singer, songwriter and humorist Ivor Cutler; 2013’s “Jenn and Spencer,” a passionate and explosive duet set to Henry Cowell’s Suite for Violin and Piano, and named for two current and former Mark Morris dancers; and 2013’s “Crosswalk,” a stimulating work set to the Grand Duo Concertant for clarinet and piano by Carl Maria von Weber. The company features two alumni from George Mason University’s School of Dance: Rita Donahue (B.F.A., 2002) of Fairfax, and William Smith III (B.F.A., 2007) of Fredericksburg.

“There is no other choreographer today with Morris’ unbound imagination and the skill to realize it onstage,” says The Washington Post of Mark Morris, who formed Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980 and has since created more than 150 works for the company. Morris served as the director of dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium, where he created three critically acclaimed evening-length dances: “The Hard Nut,” “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” and “Dido and Aeneas.” In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Barysknikov (who recently performed with the company in the premiere of “A Wooden Tree”). Renowned for his love of live music, Morris has worked extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, English National Opera and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He is the recipient of numerous honors, most recently, the Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award in 2012 and the Cal Performances Award of Distinction in the Performing Arts in 2013. In the summer of 2013, he served as the music director of the 67th Ojai Music Festival in Ojai, Calif.







Tickets for MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP are $46, $38 and $23. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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