Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

In Honor of the Divine Lou Harrison

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

In Honor of the Divine Lou Harrison

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It's impossible to resist the comparisons--Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa in the waning years of the 19th century; Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine in the middle decades of the 20th. These relationships between important composers and major choreographers were so fertile that they rewrote the history of artistic collaboration. Now, as dance limps uncertainly toward the millennium, Lou Harrison and Mark Morris look like the latest team to fuse sound and step posterity as they leap confidently toward the renewal of the medium.

Five dances--four choreographed for the 15-member Mark Morris Dance Group, one for the San Francisco Ballet--have already come tumbling from the relationship that began in 1988 with "Strict Songs." The latest, "Rhymes With Silver," is the first for which Harrison--who celebrates his 80th birthday May 17--has written an original score. It's an enchanting 40-minute opus arranged for violin, viola, cello, piano and the percussion that nobody else exploits with such bewitching results. The new work, plus "Strict Songs" and "Grand Duo" (1993), will make up In Honor of the Divine Lou Harrison, one of the Mark Morris Dance Group's two programs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music April 15-20. …

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