Mark Morris Dance Group
|Dancing Honeymoon||(1998; music arranged by Ethan Iverson)|
|Jenn and Spencer||(2013; music by Henry Cowell)|
|V||(2001; music by Robert Schumann)|
Breathtakingly lyrical, giddily lighthearted, formally brilliant, ethereally transcendent—Mark Morris Dance Group returns to its West Coast home away from home with a program of repertory gems that traverse the expansive terrain that defines the work of this pace-setting company. Continuing a collaboration that dates to 1987, the troupe visits Berkeley with three distinctive works not seen on the Zellerbach stage for many seasons, all of them exemplars of Morris’ supreme choreographic sensitivity to musical form and expression.
Dancing Honeymoon is a frolic through pop songs past, as dancers joke and whirl about with folding chairs as props. The powerful duet Jenn and Spencer, is danced to Henry Cowell’s Suite for Violin and Piano, a work with both modernist and Baroque undertones. The dance V, an abstract and exuberant exploration of color, form, and layered textures, is set to the Piano Quintet in E-flat major by Robert Schumann. When it premiered 20 years ago, the New York Times wrote, ”V is a life-affirming new dance…one of the few great works that modern dance has produced in a decade. Earth and sky are married in its images of pure dancing.”
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