Center for the Arts Welcomes Back the Mark Morris Dance Group

Posted: February 14, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Seven dancers dressed in costumes by Isaac Mizrahi illuminate romantic madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi. A solo is danced to children’s music performed on a toy piano. The group twirls and flirts, depicting the humorous lyrics of British music hall songs, and then the blue-and-green clad dancers explore each melodic strand of a romantic Schumann score in a brand new work. Audiences may experience the variety that is a Mark Morris Dance Group performance as the troupe appears at the Center for the Arts tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m.

The program’s D.C.-area premiere, titled simply V, is a potpourri of intriguing combinations, from the dancers’ pairings, to the score’s movements, to the blue/green costumes. The work, set to Schumann’s Quintet in E flat, presents a wildly adventurous mixture of languages and movement vocabularies.

“The joy many of us get from Mark Morris’s work reminds me of the pleasure I get from great poems,” says Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States. “Mark’s art, like the art of poetry, fills an intense need for grace on a human scale.”

Tickets for the Mark Morris Dance Group are $42, $34, and $21. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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