"A gorgeously entertaining and witty tribute to the classic Beatles album."

The Guardian, London

Mark Morris Dance Group
Pepperland: Sgt. Pepper at 50
Choreography by Mark Morris
Ethan Iverson, composer
A Cal Performances Co-commission

Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with an exuberant new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of the Beatles' groundbreaking album. The production, a smash hit with audiences at its Liverpool premiere last season, features a score by longtime Morris collaborator Ethan Iverson, who leads a unique chamber ensemble through arrangements of iconic songs from the record mixed with imaginative original compositions. "A truly joyous, celebratory work of art...a brilliant homage to one of the great rock albums" (The Telegraph, London).

Approximate run time: 1 hour without intermission

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Parking will be a problem on campus for both Sep 29 performances due to a Cal Football game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.

Related Events

Mark Morris Dance Group—Pepperland: Sgt. Pepper at 50
Fri–Sun, Sep 28–30

Film Series
Sep 28–Nov 25, 2018
BAMPFA (2155 Center Street, Berkeley)
The late 1960s brought a flowering of creativity and innovation in all the arts; this film series, presented by the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and selected by Morris, points to some of the films that were barometers of that moment of change and influences on his concept for Pepperland. Morris will introduce Michelangelo Antonioni's mind-bending Blow-Up and Mel Brooks' outlandish The Producers. Along with Beatles classic A Hard Day's Night, Morris' other picks include Luchino Visconti's The Leopard, Ingmar Bergman's Persona, and Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. By stroke of luck, filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will be in town to present his own 1969 classic High School, another iconic work from the end of the sixties that topped Morris' list.

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Open House—Come Play With Us in Pepperland!
Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 12pm
Zellerbach Hall
Bridging the 50 years from the release of the Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to Mark Morris' brilliant new Pepperland (a Cal Performances co-commission), a special lobby exhibition features a photo booth, posters, costumes, music, Beatles memorabilia, games, and snacks. At 12:30pm, join a class with MMDG dancers to learn choreography from Pepperland, followed by a talk at 2pm with choreographer Mark Morris and composer Ethan Iverson about this exciting new work, which was a smash hit when it premiered in the UK at Liverpool's "Sgt. Pepper at 50" festival in May 2017. Free and open to the public.

The lobby exhibition will also be open to performance ticket holders:
Fri, Sept 28 and Sat, Sept 29, 7–8pm and post-performance through 10pm
Sun, Sept 30, 2–3pm and post-performance through 5pm

Dance with MMDG
Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 12:30pm
Zellerbach Hall
Company dancers teach movement phrases from Pepperland as part of the afternoon open house. Free and open to the public.

Artist Talk
Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 2pm
Zellerbach Hall
With choreographer Mark Morris and composer Ethan Iverson as part of the afternoon open house. Free and open to the public.

Dance with MMDG: Community Dance Class
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 11am
Bancroft Studio
Open to all ages and abilities. $10. Pre-registration required; capacity is limited.


Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Donor Benefits

Donor Event: Post-Performance Reception
Fri, Sep 28
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1000+)
Cal Performances invites our donors of $1,000+ to join us on the mezzanine following the Friday performance to toast to the opening of Pepperland with Mark Morris Dance Group.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Mt. Beautiful wines generously donated by Leigh Teece in appreciation of Cal Performances' education outreach.

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]