Magazine article Dance Magazine

Mark Morris Dance Group

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Mark Morris Dance Group

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MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL NEW YORK STATE THEATER, LINCOLN CENTER, NYC AUGUST 17, 2006 REVIEWED BY ROSE ANNE THOM

Only a few days before his 50th birthday Mark Morris offered us a gift--a glorious triptych titled Mozart Dances. Morris' artistry rose to new heights and his dancers were vibrant and poignant, witty and passionate. They made you smile; they tore your heart out. Although the three musical pieces were created at different times in Mozart's career, Morris' choreographic ideas flowed from one dance to the next, subtly reconfigured so that together the dances were more than their exquisitely detailed parts. The transcendent choreography responded to the delicacy of Mozart's magic, illuminating the details of melodic invention and variation as well as the powerful emotional qualities of each movement.

Morris' collaborators in this celebration of Mozart's 250th birthday were outstanding, including the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, conducted by Louis Langree, with pianist Emanuel Ax. The backdrops, by Howard Hodgkin, consisted of large black smudges on white backgrounds, evocatively lit by James Ingalls. The splendid costuming was designed by Martin Pakledinaz.

Although the opening of "Eleven" (Piano Concerto No. 11) displayed all 16 dancers, within a few minutes the men had disappeared. The deliciously robust Lauren Grant, in a little black dress, led the other women, costumed in sheer black gowns. …

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