Mark Morris Dance Group to Appear at Center for the Arts

Posted: February 15, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Universally praised for his technique, perfectionism, musicality, and bold movement language, Mark Morris creates works for his Mark Morris Dance Group that are at once serious, profound, outspoken, thought-provoking and entertaining.

The program for both performances at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb.23, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. features “The Argument” danced to Schumann; “Sang Froid” set to Chopin; the Stravinsky-powered “Candleflowerdance” and “Grand Duo,” one of Morris’s signature works backed up with a Lou Harrison score.

From 1988 to 91, Mark Morris was director of dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has worked extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for the New York City Opera, English National Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Named a fellow of the MacArthur Foundation in 1991, he has also received honorary doctorates from the Boston Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School, Long Island University, Pratt Institute, Bowdoin College, Bard College, Bates College and Mason.

He was a recipient of a New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture and a WQXR-FM Gramophone Special Recognition Award for exposing thousands of people to classical music of the highest standard coupled with his own approach to dance.

Mark Morris Dance Group is noted for its commitment to live music, and the group often collaborates with leading orchestras, opera companies and musicians, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma in the Emmy Award-winning film “Falling Down Stairs ” (1997); The Bad Plus in “Violet Cavern ” (2004); pianists Emanuel Ax and Yoko Nozaki for “Mozart Dances” (2006); and the English National Opera in “Four Saints in Three Acts ” (2000) and “King Arthur ” (2006), among others.

Last season’s 25th anniversary celebrations included more than 100 performances in 26 U.S. cities and 10 U.K. cities; five world premieres; and Mark Morris’s conducting debut in a performance of “Gloria” at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, formed in 1996, performs with the dance group at home and on tour and has become integral to the company’s creative life. The ensemble’s repertory ranges from 17th-century works by John Wilson and Henry Purcell to more recent scores by Lou Harrison and Henry Cowell. Cellist Wolfram Koessel is the ensemble’s director.

Pre-performance discussions, free to ticket holders, will be held at 7:15 p.m. each evening on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $44, $36 and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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