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Mark Morris emerged in the 1980s as America's most exciting young choreographer. Two decades later, his position remains unchallenged. Morris was born in Seattle in 1956. His Mark Morris Dance Group began performing in New York in 1980. By the mid-eighties, PBS had aired an hour-long special on him, and his work was being presented by America's foremost ballet companies. Morris's dances are a mix of traditionalism and radicalism. They unabashedly address the great themes—love, grief, loneliness, religion, community—yet they are also lighthearted, irreverent, and scabrous.
Joan Acocella's probing portrait is the first book on this brilliant and controversial artist. Written with Morris's cooperation, it describes how he has lived and how he turns life—and music and narrative—into dance. Including 78 photographs, Mark Morris provides an ideal introduction to the life and work of one of America's leading artists.
Only in his mid-thirties, Mark Morris has already made a name for himself in the world of dance as the most exciting and important new choreographer of our times. This part biography, part critical study describes how Morris turns life--music, narrative, and tradition--into dance. 40 photos.
Mark Morris Childhood A Company The Body Love and Sex Heaven and Hell The Story Music Irony and Sincerity Brussels The Hidden Soul of Harmony Chronology of Work by Mark Morris