Noted for its musicality, the internationally-known Mark Morris Dance Group presents eloquently expressive contemporary dance.
The Mark Morris Dance Group has inspired international critics and audiences alike throughout its more than 30-year history. Founded in New York in 1980 by artistic director/choreographer Mark Morris, the company spent three years in residence at Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie as Belgium’s national dance company, returning to the United States in 1991. Mark Morris Dance Group tours domestically and internationally to great acclaim, and is distinguished as the only modern dance company with a deep commitment to live music in performance, founding the MMDG Music Ensemble in 1996.
Outreach is interwoven into every aspect of the company’s life, both at its Brooklyn home, the Mark Morris Dance Center, as well as on tour. The company brings opportunities for dance, music, talks, and education to Brooklyn and around the world, from an in-school residency with school-age children to Dance for PD®, which offers teacher training and free classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in eight countries. In Brooklyn, the Mark Morris Dance Center offers affordable dance classes, workshops, and master classes for adults of all skill levels, as well as subsidized rehearsal space for the dance community. The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center additionally provides low-cost dance classes to over 1200 children and teens ages 3 to 17, all accompanied by live music.
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Mark Morris has been hailed as the “the most prodigiously gifted choreographer of the post-Balanchine era” (Time magazine). Since founding Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980, Morris has created close to 150 works for the company. He has been described as “an innovator and a conservative, a satirist and a romantic” (New Yorker) who “easily ranks among the top five living American choreographers” (Denver Post). Morris is also much in demand as a ballet choreographer. His works have been commissioned by San Francisco Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, among others. The first choreographer to be named music director of the Ojai Music Festival (2013), he has conducted performances for his company since 2006, and has also worked extensively in opera, directing and choreographing at the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among others. He is a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, and has received eleven honorary doctorates to date.