Sets by Adrianne Lobel
Costumes by Isaac Mizrahi
Lighting by Michael Chybowski
Cast to include:
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano (Galatea)
Douglas Williams, bass-baritone (Polyphemus)
Continuing a "magnificent collaboration" (San Francisco Chronicle) Cal Performances, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra present their latest joint undertaking, the world premiere of a production featuring Mozart's brilliant arrangement of a Handel score. An epic love story from Ovid's Metamorphoses set along the pastoral banks of the Mediterranean, Acis and Galatea is performed in English by four vocalists and the Mark Morris Dance Group, joined by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. Handel finished the opera in 1739 and Mozart later arranged it in the classical style, expanding the instrumental colors of the score and adding his signature clarity of orchestration. A feast for the eyes as well as the ears, the new production features sets and costumes by Adrianne Lobel and Isaac Mizrahi, previous collaborators with Morris on King Arthur and Platée.
Acis and Galatea is a Mark Morris Dance Group/Cal Performances, Berkeley/Celebrity Series of Boston production, in association with Harriman-Jewell Series, Kansas City; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Education & Community Event: Residency
April 21–27, 2014
Sun, April 27, 1–2 pm
Free and open to the public
Mark Morris talks with Ara Guzelimian, Dean and Provost of The Juilliard School. While reservations are encouraged, general admission seats to this Artist Talk will be available on a first come, first served basis on the day of the event.
Donor Event: Post-Performance Reception with Mark Morris Dance Group
Friday, April 25, 2014 immediately following the performance
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1,500+)
Join Cal Performances and members of Mark Morris Dance Group on opening night to celebrate the world Premiere of Mark Morris Dance Group's production of Acis and Galatea. Continuing a "magnificent collaboration" (San Francisco Chronicle), Cal Performances, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra present their latest joint undertaking, the world premiere of a production featuring Mozart's brilliant arrangement of a Handel score.
Dance with MMDG
FULL (a limited number of spaces are available on a first come, first served basis at the door)
Sat, April 26, 11 am–12:30 pm
Free and open to the public
An inter-generational dance class for all ages and abilities in which students have the opportunity to learn Mark Morris repertory. Led by members of the Mark Morris Dance Group, the class begins with a modern dance warm-up and is accompanied by live music.
* Please note Dance with MMDG will be held at Zellerbach Playhouse not Bancroft Studio as previously announced
Program notes are available online. [PDF]
World Premiere: Mark Morris on Acis and Galatea
Cal Performances presents the world premiere of Handel's Acis and Galatea arranged by Mozart with choreography by Mark Morris. Morris talks about the production that will debut April 25–27, 2014, at Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall on the campus of UC Berkeley.
Isaac Mizrahi talks costume inspriation
Acis and Galatea Rehearsal, Excerpt III, December 2013