Mark Morris Dance Group Performance Reflection

Mar 30, 2016

Thank you for attending the performance by Mark Morris Dance Group! Did you attend the Thursdays at 4 discussion, film screening ,or performance preview? What did you think of the show? Join the conversation!

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I attend the shows of numerous local and national troupes. Although the show was well performed, the expertise of most of the dancers was not called upon for this performance...remarks from patrons...that it was boring...and asking $$ for one hour.... some arrogance here, I think.

It was nice to have the text of the opera printed in the program, and I enjoyed skimming through it before the performance. It would have been even better to have been able to follow it during the show! I heard several patrons on the way out commenting that it was a wonderful performance, but they didn't understand more than a few scattered words. A bit of house lighting would have increased the enjoyment of many. Supertitles like at the Ordway would have been even better.

This was an interesting performance that succeeded in interpreting the score through dance. I especially liked the sorceress dance in the second section and the sailors' dance. The live orchestra and chorus really added to the performance. I couldn't really understand what was being sung. Laurel Lynch was amazing and so expressive in both roles. It just wasn't my favorite type of music or dance (I got a ticket from a friend who couldn't attend). Northrop also still has issues with lineups at the doors for ticket scanning, which delays seating and having adequate time to look over the program before the show. I was able to get one of the last 2 programs, so some people missed out.

How wonderful to see what a brilliant and deeply musical choreographer can do with baroque opera. I hope many opera enthusiasts were there to witness how movement can illuminate and invigorate a production beyond the superficial gestures and static staging of so many operas. Mark Morris’s dances demand the highest level of technical virtuosity from the performers, as well as ability not so much to “act” as to embody character and situation through the surge of movement through and around their bodies. Morris is an architect of the sublime, a dance maker who borrows from classic modern dance, ballet, sign language, global ethnic and folk dance forms, and more. The result in “Dido and Aeneas” is not so much a fusion of disparate elements as a marriage made in heaven. Blessed with native wit and theatrical savvy, Morris is able to express human emotions through abstract forms in miraculous ways. And to conduct both the dancers and the musicians with assurance. Thank you Northrop Dance for giving us this rare work by this seminal artist. Worth every penny and then some.

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