RARELY SEEN REPERTORY: When the Mark Morris Dance Group returns to McCarter Theatre January 27, audience members will see works spanning his long career. (Photo by Danica Paulos)
The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) returns to McCarter Theatre on Saturday, January 27 at 8 p.m., as part of the company’s international tour. On the program are “A Wooden Tree,” “Excursions,” “Candleflowerdance,” and “Castor and Pollux.” These works span the decades of Morris’ ensemble, which was formed in 1980 and has toured with its own music ensemble since 1996.
In addition to creating over 150 works for his company, Morris conducts orchestras, directs opera, and choreographs for ballet companies worldwide. Morris was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation in 1991. He has received 11 honorary doctorates and awards, including the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society, the Benjamin Franklin Laureate Prize for Creativity, the Cal Performances Award of Distinction in the Performing Arts, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Gift of Music Award, and the 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award. His memoir, Out Loud, co-written with Wesley Stace, was released in paperback by Penguin Press in October 2021.
MMDG always performs with live music, the MMDG Music Ensemble. The Mark Morris dance center, opened in Brooklyn in 2001, is the home of the Dance Group and provides educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities.