Mark Morris, DC 2012: L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il ModeratoJan. 26-28, 2012
Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:03 AM
Dance in Two Acts (chor. Morris, music Handel)
Mark Morris Dance Group
Kennedy Center Opera House
January 26, 2012
Cutting to the quick: FAN-TASTIC!
I'm not much of a Modern Dance fan but this was a richly satisfying fusion of movement to music, in a simple-yet-elegant setting. I don't like minimalism in grand classical ballets...but this is not classical ballet. The changing background colors, lowering and raising of scrims, judicious use of lighting were totally satisfying and appropriate. The live music by the KennCen Opera House orch., the Washington Bach Consort (chorus) plus four extraordinary vocal soloists made it a five-star evening.
The enhanced 24-member company moved as one. I loved the "walking in lines" segment in the second half. Masterful! Almost all segments were gorgeous and soul-moving...although I could have done without the "slapping boys" section (but even that brought a smile to my face). The ensemble did a great job and, while there were few solo and pdd moments, I truly admired the balletic beauty of Maile Okamura, the expressive moves of Michelle Yard, and the musicality and sweet-faced presence of Dallas McMurray. Bravi Tutti!
The evening ended with a fun-and-funny Q&A with the choreographer, looking delectable in his hot-pink sweater and big grey scarf, which he kept tossing back and forth around his neck. He was the cherry atop the sundae!
Posted 27 January 2012 - 10:12 AM
Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:04 AM
Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:33 AM
Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:25 PM
I love the Boys' Dance, but my favorite is the line dance, based on Morris' years of Balkan dancing.
I love all of it, but the line dance is particularly beautiful.
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