Mark Morris Dance Group


Durham Performing Arts Center

Friday, July 21, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 22, 7:00pm
Children’s Matinee, Saturday, July 22, 1:00pm

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Live music with Durham Symphony and North Carolina Master Chorale!

“[Morris’] choreography presents something profound and of great value: a fresh sense that human expression, in the human body, can soar beyond all limits.” –Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the US

Returning to ADF for the eighth time, Mark Morris Dance Group brings their 1981 masterwork Gloria, “…a swell of music and euphoria.”–The Washington Post, to the DPAC stage. With music by Antonio Vivaldi, performed live by the Durham Symphony, the North Carolina Master Chorale, and members of the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble. The company will also perform Excursions with music by Samuel Barber and A Lake set to music by Franz Joseph Haydn which Dance View Times described as “…luminous, deceptively simple-looking work. It soothes, caresses and shimmers.” While each of these pieces have been performed together, never have all three been on the same program!
Mark Morris Dance Group’s evening performances are dedicated to the North Carolina Arts Council in honor of its 50th Anniversary.

Large print program available here.

Watch a clip from Excursions.

Founded in New York City in 1980 by artistic director and choreographer Mark Morris, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has been called “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time” (Yo-Yo Ma), its members receiving “highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.” (Bloomberg News). Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group, which has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996. Through Access/MMDG programming, the Dance Group provides educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities while on tour internationally and at home at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.