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  1. April 29, 2014

    Acis and Galatea, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, US – review

    Dance and opera, we’re told, inhabit different spheres; they are doomed to share a reluctant co-existence on a stage. That...

  2. December 1, 2013

    Mark Morris Dance Group, Sadler’s Wells, London – review

    “It made you aware of every note of the music.” Thus Dame Marie Rambert explained to me something of the merits of...

  1. November 29, 2013

    Mark Morris, Sadler’s Wells, London

    What to say about Mark Morris, his dances and his dancers, save that their return this week to Rosebery Avenue is the most...

  2. June 18, 2013

    Ojai North!, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, US – review

    Marching bands at intermission. Ocarina duets by moonlight. Gamelan recitals. Late-night silent movie screenings. A jazz...

  3. May 22, 2013

    A Month in the Country, Met Opera, New York – review

    In the 1850 Turgenev play A Month in the Country people talk and talk – about what they do not feel more than what they do....

  4. April 5, 2013

    Mark Morris premieres, Mark Morris Dance, Center, Brooklyn, US

    Music makes me make up dances,” Mark Morris recently reminded an interviewer, but the kind of music is up for grabs. It need...

  5. October 8, 2012

    Justin Peck, Lincoln Center, New York

    Justin Peck, 25 and a member of New York City Ballet’s corps, is responsible for one of the most spectacular choreographic...

  6. September 7, 2012

    Steps in the right direction

    San Francisco Ballet may be America’s oldest dance ensemble, founded in 1933, but for the past 27 years its Icelandic-born...

  7. June 18, 2012

    Ojai North!, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California

    What distinguishes an ersatz music festival from the genuine article? Beyond thematic coherence and starry talents, a zest...

  8. March 4, 2012

    A Choral Fantasy, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

    Choreographer Mark Morris may interpret, describe or mirror the music, but he never strays from it. Only the music gets to...

  9. March 1, 2012

    Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Joyce Theater, New York

    Emanuel Gat’s response to the big guns of classical music can seem perverse. To the relentlessly climactic Rite of Spring,...

  10. February 16, 2012

    Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Joyce Theater, New York

    On its first visit to New York since 2003, this handsome 48-person contemporary-ballet company offered work that was...

  11. November 10, 2011

    American Ballet Theatre, City Center, NY

    On the opening night of ABT’s week-long season of largely American masters (until Sunday), I flashed on the time that Mark...

  12. November 4, 2011

    Prime mover

    For the Rolex arts festival at the New York Public Library this week – the crowning event of a year of illustrious arts...

  13. August 22, 2011

    Mark Morris/Renard, Mostly Mozart Festival, New York

    Of course Stravinsky’s burlesque Renard (Fox) would appeal to Mark Morris. The jaunty chamber opera fashioned from Russian...

  14. March 21, 2011

    Mark Morris 30th Anniversary, New York

    Women at work: ‘Festival Dance’ Mark Morris fans enthuse about his musicality and clarity of expression, his inspired choice...

  15. February 4, 2011

    Nixon in China, Metropolitan Opera, New York

    When Nixon in China had its premiere in Houston back in 1987, many observers registered ecstasy. A few registered ennui....

  16. December 29, 2010

    The blooming of a virtuoso

    For Alexei Ratmansky’s latest revelation, a deep and vivid Nutcracker, the former Bolshoi director and current American...

  17. December 17, 2010

    The Hard Nut, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

    More than most versions of The Nutcracker, Mark Morris’s campy, thoroughly hopeful take is a love story – about how random...

  18. April 17, 2010

    Mark Morris Dance Company, Coliseum, London

    In 1988 Gérard Mortier, director of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, brought about a seismic change in that...

  19. February 26, 2010

    From silence to dialogue

    In that rare species, the silent ballet, the steps often feel arbitrary, because there is no music to give them an immediate...

  20. October 30, 2009

    A salute to the Mark Morris Dance Group

    Dancers in ‘Bedtime’ Mark Morris and music are inseparable and, rather like Siamese twins, joined at the hip. Morris hears...

  21. August 26, 2009

    Mark Morris Dance Group

    When the Mark Morris troupe was at the Mostly Mozart Festival a few years ago I overheard a small, serious man in a...

  22. February 23, 2009

    L'isola disabitata

    The mighty Metropolitan Opera has never ventured an opera by Joseph Haydn. But the scrappy little Gotham Opera staged one...

  23. February 20, 2009

    L’isola disabitata, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York

    The mighty Metropolitan Opera has never ventured an opera by Joseph Haydn. But the scrappy little Gotham Opera staged one on...

  24. January 13, 2009

    Orfeo ed Euridice

    Sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. Not this time. When the Met introduced Mark Morris's incoherent, stubbornly...

  25. November 1, 2008

    Dance Clement Crisp

    Birmingham Royal Ballet Sadler's Wells, London EC1 At Sadler's Wells, Birmingham's Royal Ballet ends a week with two final...

  26. July 8, 2008

    Romeo and Juliet/Mark Morris Dance Group, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

    Copenhagen in winter is hardly the same as Annandale-on-Hudson in the middle of summer. I had gone to Bard College’s...

  27. April 8, 2008

    Dance for the flexible-minded

    Mark Morris phrases his response as if someone were about to inscribe it in stone. "I work at the San Francisco Ballet...

  28. April 7, 2008

    Dance for the flexible-minded

    Mark Morris phrases his response as if someone were about to inscribe it in stone. “I work at the San Francisco Ballet...

  29. March 7, 2008

    King Arthur

    The New York City Opera is at the crossroads. Gerard Mortier, a stubborn iconoclast, will soon take over, focusing on...

  30. December 4, 2007

    Alarm Will Sound/ John Adams

    John Adams was neither arch nor facetious when he titled his most recent work Son of Chamber Symphony . The genealogy of...

  31. December 3, 2007

    Alarm Will Sound/John Adams, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University

    John Adams was neither arch nor facetious when he titled his most recent work Son of Chamber Symphony. The genealogy of this...

  32. September 5, 2007

    Eclectic ideas, vividly performed

    Many years ago Dance Theater Workshop was a modest mecca for nascent talent, unknowns and semi- unknowns such as Mark Morris...

  33. July 11, 2007

    A Passion in shades of grey

    The echoes from last year’s Mozart 250th anniversary celebrations rumble on. The New Crowned Hope festival was Vienna’s...

  34. July 7, 2007

    DANCE

    Book now for These are dog-days for dancing, the lull before the big balletic guns of La Scala, Milan (at Covent Garden...

  35. July 5, 2007

    Morris takes Mozart in his stride

    Making choreography to Mozart scores is what is known, theologically, as an act of supererogation, which is defined as...

  36. June 30, 2007

    DANCE

    Mozart Dances Barbican, London EC2 Mark Morris joins forces with pianists Emanual Ax and Yoko Nozaki, and the Academy of St...

  37. May 8, 2007

    Shock, awe and dazzling hip-hop

    The foyer of the theatre covered in graffiti, simian bouncers, and wristbands instead of tickets: the Fourth International...

  38. May 8, 2007

    Orfeo ed Euridice, Metropolitan Opera, New York

    Mark Morris, the beloved bad-boy of modern dance, is a brilliant iconoclast fortified with a fine sense of whimsy. He also...

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