BECKET -- Choreographer Mark Morris is celebrated for his deep, witty, poetic, brazen, joyful dances and an abiding commitment to live music.
This July, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival celebrates Mr. Morris and his dance group with a weeklong "festival within the Festival," with talks, a concert by the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) Music Ensemble, music seminars with Mark Morris and his repertory taught in The School at Jacob's Pillow, and an exclusive seven-show engagement.
Each performance includes "Festival Dance."
The Mark Morris Dance Group appears in the Ted Shawn Theatre through Sunday, July 27.
"It will be a fascinating week," said Ella Baff, Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob's Pillow. "Audiences, students of The School at Jacob's Pillow and our scholars and fellows will have an up close and first-hand experience, learning about Mark's deep knowledge and love of dance and music with him, his company members and the MMDG Music Ensemble. Mark is one of the most insightful and creative artists of today."
"Festival Dance" is an earthy work for 12 dancers set to "Piano Trio No. 5 in E Major, Op. 83" by Johann Nepomuk Hummel.
An unusual exception to Morris's dedication to live music, "A Wooden Tree" is performed to recorded music and spoken word by Ivor Cutler. Cutler was a Scottish songwriter, poet and humorist best known for his appearances on BBC radio. The dance has bright, eclectic costumes for its eight dancers.
"Crosswalk" is an active ensemble work set to Carl Maria von Weber's "Grand Duo Concertant, for clarinet and piano, Op. 48." The dancers, clad in 1950s-style costumes, show technical proficiency and musicality in energetic movement.
In contrast, "Jenn and Spencer," one of Morris's rare malefemale duets, highlights quiet intimacy with thoughtful partnering. For more information, visit www.jacobspillow.org.