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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Mark Morris Dance Group Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 4 p.m.

January 27, 2015
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Mark Morris Dance Group

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 4 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 27, 2015 – For the past 35 years, Mark Morris has thrilled audiences and captivated critics with the exquisite beauty and delightful wit of his visionary choreography and the remarkable artistry of his dancers. A perennial favorite at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in FairfaxMark Morris Dance Group returns with two performances of breathtaking contemporary dance on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, 2015 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.

The program features two works set to music by Lou Harrison: “Pacific,” Morris’ renowned ballet that was premiered by the San Francisco Ballet in 1995 and is being performed by Mark Morris Dance Group for the first time on this tour; and 1993’s “Grand Duo,” which has been called “intoxicatingly thrilling” by the Seattle Times and “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th century” by The Guardian of London. In addition, the dancers will perform one of Morris’ newest works, 2014's “Words,” which is set to Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words”; the Wall Street Journal praised the work as “intriguingly expressing poetry beyond words.” Rounding out the program is the “Tamil Film Songs in Stereo” Pas de Deux, a short and quirky dance from 1983 set to contemporary Indian music. These two performances mark the first time Mark Morris Dance Group is performing these works, with the exception of "Grand Duo," in the greater D.C. area. The group features two alumni from George Mason University’s School of DanceRita 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 about this renowned choreographer who formed Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980 and has since created more than 140 works for the group. Morris also 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 Baryshnikov. Renowned for his commitment to using 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.

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Tickets for MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP are $48, $41 and $29. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket 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.


About George Mason University

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