On June 9 – 12, 2022, The Broad Stage will present Mark Morris Dance Group & Music Ensemble in Mozart Dances with choreography by Artistic Director Mark Morris. The program at The Broad Stage features the world premiere chamber arrangement of Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595 (1791) by Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) Music Director Colin Fowler, along with Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K. 413 (1782-83) and Sonata in D major for Two Pianos, K. 448 (1781), all performed live on The Broad Stage’s mainstage. Tickets are on sale now.
Because of his musicality and prolific dance making, some have referred to Morris as “the Mozart of Modern Dance.” With that in mind, Morris created Mozart Dances in honor of the Salzburg, Austria-born composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who composed over 800 works before he died at the young age of 35. He was considered a musical genius and one of the most of influential composers of the Classical period (roughly between 1730 and 1820). Since founding his company in 1980, Morris has created over 150 works that span modern dance, ballet, and opera.
Morris acknowledges that his collaborators are vital to his work. Among them are scenic designer Howard Hodgkin; costume designer Martin Pakledinaz; and lighting design James F. Ingalls, all of whom are renowned artists in their field and partners in fulfilling Mark Morris’ vision for each dance work.
Mark Morris said of Mozart Dances, “I started hearing the concertos as characters … there’s an incredible and touching relationship between the piano in relation to the orchestra. The music to me is thrilling, strange in its unusual combination, and it exactly what this dance came from.”
Alastair Macaulay said in The New York Times, “Throughout Mozart Dances, Mark Morris emerges as the most artfully musical choreographer alive.”
WHAT: Mozart Dances
Premiere: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – Mostly Mozart, August 17, 2006
Choreography: Mark Morris
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413 (1782-82) – Allegro, Larghetto, Tempo di Menuetto; Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448 (1781) – Allegro con spirito, Andante, Allegro molto; Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595 (1791)
Thursday, June 9 at 7:30pm
Friday, June 10 at 7:30pm
Saturday, June 11 at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 12 at 2:00pm
The Broad Stage – Main Stage
1310 11th St. Santa Monica CA 90401. Parking is free
Prices: Start at $60 (Prices subject to change)
Online at www.thebroadstage.org
Phone: Box Office at 310.434.3200
In Person: Box office at 1310 11th St. Santa Monica CA 90401 beginning two hours prior to performance.
To learn more about the Mark Morris Dance Group & Music Ensemble, please visit their WEBSITE.
For more information about The Broad Stage, please visit their WEBSITE.
Written by Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle.
Featured image: Mark Morris Dance Group in Mozart Dances – Photo by Kenneth Friedman
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