Mark Morris Dance Group Returns to Center for the Arts

Posted: January 22, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: February 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Mark Morris dancers Julie Worden, Malie Okamura, Charlton Boyd, Greg Nuber and Amber Darragh

Known for his blending of beautiful movement, music and delightful wit, Mark Morris returns with his esteemed company, the Mark Morris Dance Group, to Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall in February.

The company will perform two Washington, D.C., area premieres, “Visitation” and “Empire Garden,” as well as one of Morris’ most beautiful works, “V.”

Because of inclement weather, performances originally scheduled for February have been rescheduled for one performance on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 8 p.m. Patrons who are unable to attend the performance on the rescheduled date may exchange their tickets for another performance this spring, they may donate the tickets back to the center, or they may request a refund. Refund requests must be made to the ticket office at the Center for the Arts prior to the rescheduled performances on June 12.

All three pieces in the program received enthusiastic reviews when the company performed at London’s Sadler’s Wells during its six-week tour of the United Kingdom last fall.

Called a “gem of a piece” by the Sunday Telegraph, the somber and eerily beautiful “Visitation” features 10 dancers in ghost-like, fluid movement, set to Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1.

“Empire Garden” is a colorful, fast-paced and deliciously witty collage described as “brilliantly evocative of American life,” by the Financial Times. The piece features 15 vibrantly costumed dancers performing to Charles Ives’ Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano.

Both pieces were world premiered at the Seiji Ozawa Hall at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., last summer.

First performed at Sadler’s Wells in 2001, “V” is an exuberant and invigorating work set to Schumann’s Quintet in E flat for piano and strings, Op. 44, and features 14 of the company’s dancers clothed in  costumes by Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

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