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 Post subject: Mark Morris in Virginia, January 4, 2000
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2000 9:13 pm 
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I had put off posting my description of this Mark Morris performance in hopes of finding more to say, but I'm not sure how to take his work. To read a professional's opinion of some of these works, see Allan Ulrich's comments via the URL Stuart has posted under Mark Morris Triple Bill.<P>MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP<BR>January 4, 2000<BR>George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA<P>With Washington Men's Camerata<P>Dancing Honeymoon (1998)<P>Eileen Clark, soprano; Sarah Roth, violin; Ethan Iverson, piano, Stefan Scharz, percussion<P>Dancers: Charlton Boyd, Ruth Davidson Shawn Gannon, John Heginbotham, Mark Morris, Mireille Radwan-Dana, Julie Worden<P>Dancing Honeymoon (1998) was performed in summery yellow and white 1930s outfits to tunes of the 1930s, such as You Were Meant for Me, Do Do Do, Someone to Watch Over Me, and others less well-known. The dancing was playful; in one scene the dancers tossed folding chairs at each other. Overall, the work was like a 1930s musical-lite.<P>The Argument (1998)<P>Music: Robert Schuman (Fünf Stücke im Volkston)<BR>Pitnarry Shin, cello; Ethan Iverson, piano<BR>Dancers: Julie Worden, Charlton Boyd, Marjorie Folkman, John Heginbotham, Ruth Davidson, Shawn Gannon<P>The costumes are dresses and slacks. A black man (Charlton Boyd) with Rasta-like curls and a turtle neck advances toward an elegant blonde woman in a black velvet dress. She dances away and rebuffs him with abrupt movements. She gradually allows him to get closer, but their emotional distance is apparent. Two more couples enter to dance their versions of together-but-separate-ness in sharp, quick movements. Their expressions are always serious, even grave. Occasionally, individual dancers move away from their partners and pair with others briefly. <P>Bedtime (1992)<BR>Music: Franz Schubert <BR>Clare Stollak, Mezzo-soprano; Ethan Iverson, piano<P>Dancers: Joe Bowie, Ruth Davidson, Marjorie Folkman, Lauren Grant, David Leventhal, Mark Morris, Rachel Murray, June Omura, Mireille Radwan-Dana, Kim Reis, Julie Worden, Michelle Yard<P>Bedtime was divided into three scenes, each accompanied by a Schubert song: Wiegenlied, Ständchen, and Erlkönig. The dancers wore colorful pajama costumes.<P>To Wiegenlied, four dancers stand in a row upstage while one dances downstage. As the song progresses, each of the standing dancers in turn moves to the front of the stage and lies down in a sleeping position while the single dancer dances about them. Occasionally, the sleepers in unison roll and turn in new positions. <P>The whimsical costumes and dancing were belied by the program's English translation of Schubert's lyrics. For example:<P>"Sleep, dear, sweet boy.<BR>Your mother's hand rocks you softly.<BR>This swaying cradle strap<BR>Brings you gentle peace and tender comfort.<P>Sleep in the sweet grave.<BR>Your mother's arms still protect you."<P>Erlkönig opens with a flash of lightning and crack of thunder. We all recognize the tune of Erlkönig. Its opening piano notes were often used in silent movies to accompany storms or evil deeds. Again, the comic note that this association lends to the piece is juxtaposed against Schubert's grim lyrics about the Erl King, an otherworld spirit that snatches children. <P>"The father shudders, he rides swiftly.<BR>He holds the moaning child in his arms.<BR>With one last effort he reaches home.<BR>The child lay dead in his arms."<P>Grand Duo (1993)<P>Music: Lou Harrison (Grand Duo for Violin and Piano) Prelude, Stampede, A Round, Polka.<BR>Sarah Roth, violin; Ethan Iverson, piano<P>Dancers: Joe Bowie, Charlton Boyd, Marjorie Folkman, Shawn Gannon, Lauren Grant, John Heginbotham, David Levanthal, Rachel Murray, June Omura, Mireille Radwan-Dana, Kim Reis, Matthew Rose, Julie Worden, Michelle Yard<P>The entire company in gothic-like costumes in dark lighting.<P><BR>[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 03-20-2000).]<p>[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 03-20-2000).]

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Morris in Virginia, January 4, 2000
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2000 9:16 pm 
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Wow, Michael, this is indeed a darker side of Morris.


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