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Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris Dance Group

SPA welcomes the world-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group back to Houston with a program that will include A Wooden Tree, The Argument and Festival Dance. A company who has captivated audiences for more than 30 years with its sophisticated artistry, extraordinary movement and overriding musicality. Christened “one of the greatest living choreographers” by the The New Yorker, Mark Morris is celebrated for his enthralling dance that combines wit and grace, and his unparalleled commitment to the use of live music. Formed in 1980, Mark Morris Dance Group gave its first concert that year in New York City. MMDG was regarded soon after as one of the world’s leading dance companies, performing across the U.S. and at major international festivals.



PROGRAM


The Argument

Music: Robert Schumann - Fünf Stücke im Volkston

Costume Design:  Elizabeth Kurtzman
Lighting Design:  Michael Chybowski

I. “Vanitas vanitatum.” Mit Humor

II.  Langsam

III. Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen

IV. Nicht zu rasch

V. Stark und markirt

VI. “Vanitas vanitatum.” Mit Humor

Paul Wiancko, cello; Colin Fowler, piano

Dallas McMurray, Maile Okamura, Spencer Ramirez, Noah Vinson, Jenn Weddel, Michelle Yard

 

Premiere: February 26, 1999 – Bank of America Celebrity Series, The Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

A Wooden Tree

Music: Ivor Cutler
“Here’s a Heath for Simon”; “Stick Out Your Chest”; “The Market Place”; “Rubber Toy”; “Trouble, Trouble”; “Little Black Buzzer”; “I Got No Common Sense”; “Deedle, Deedly, I Pass”; “A Wooden Tree”; “Phonic Poem”; “I’m Going in a Field”; “I Love You But I Don’t Know What I Mean”; “Beautiful Cosmos”; “Cockadoodledon’t”

Costume Design: Elizabeth Kurtzman
Lighting Design: Michael Chybowski

Sam Black, Rita Donahue, Lesley Garrison, Aaron Loux, Dallas McMurray, Maile Okamura, Jenn Weddel, Michelle Yard

Premiere:  October 4, 2012 – Merrill Right Mainstage Theater, On the Boards, Seattle, Washington

Music used by arrangement with the Estate of Ivor Cutler, publisher and copyright owner.


-INTERMISSION-

The "Tamil Film Song in Stereo" Pas de Deaux

Music: Contemporary Indian

Festival Dance
Music: Johann Nepomuk Hummel – Piano Trio No. 5 in E Major, Op. 83

Costume Design:  Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design:  Michael Chybowski

Colin Fowler, piano; Georgy Valtchev, violin; Wolfram Koessel, cello;

Sam Black, Rita Donahue, Lauren Grant, Aaron Loux, Laurel Lynch, Dallas McMurray, Maile Okamura, Spencer Ramirez, Billy Smith, Noah Vinson, Jenn Weddel, Michelle Yard

Premiere:  March 17, 2011 – James and Martha Duffy Performance Space. Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn, New York

Festival Dance was made possible by the New Works Fund with leadership gifts from Poss Family Foundation, Suzy Kellems Dominik, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Helen and John Meyer, and Abigail Turin and Jonathan Gans, piano; Georgy Valtchev, violin; Wolfram Koessel, cello


Sam Black, Rita Donahue, Lauren Grant, Aaron Loux, Laurel Lynch, Dallas McMurray, Maile Okamura, Spencer Ramirez, Billy Smith, Noah Vinson, Jenn Weddel, Michelle Yard

Premiere:  March 17, 2011 – James and Martha Duffy Performance Space. Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn, New York

Festival Dance was made possible by the New Works Fund with leadership gifts from Poss Family Foundation, Suzy Kellems Dominik, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Helen and John Meyer, and Abigail Turin and Jonathan Gans


 

Performances »

Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:00 PM at Cullen Theater, Wortham Center Sat, Feb 1, 2014 8:00 PM at Cullen Theater, Wortham Center

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