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Performer: Mark Morris Dance Group

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Mark Morris' pedestrian world premiere opens Mostly Mozart Festival

Empire Garden © Gene Schiavone
It's possible to have nothing but admiration for Mark Morris as a choreographer, yet his actual dances I often find pedestrian with a limited vocabulary. The works are interesting to see once, to see what he can do with classical music that has no obvious dance rhythms, but I rarely want to see them again.
***11
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Mark Morris Dance Group/ Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

MMDG and the Silkroad Ensemble in Layla and Majnun © Susana Millman
Mark Morris' courtly choreography plays second fiddle to unique mugham vocals and the lyrical music inspired by Azerbaijan’s first composer 
***11
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No lonely hearts in MMDG’s Pepperland

Mark Morris Dance Group in Pepperland © Mat Hayward
What makes this piece entirely Mark Morris is, even more than the dancing, the music. 
*****
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Two Operas, Mark Morris

Curlew River © Nan Melville
Dido and Aeneas was triumphant and had all those great moments that make Morris’s choreography among the most musical I’ve seen.
****1
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MMDG: The Hard Nut

© Julieta Cervantes
If you’re only going to one holiday show, this is the one you want.
*****
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