Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris has been a musician as long as he's been a dancer and choreographer. In his work, the score and movement reinforce each other, so that a body swooping from a leap to the floor makes you hear the rush of a descending scale. The delicacy of a plucked string seems to make a dancer catch their breath. The two pieces his Mark Morris Dance Group are performing have very distinct scores: Johan Hummel was a student of Mozart, and his piano trio used for Festival Dance has that classic lyrical clarity. Jumping forward a few centuries, Violet Cavern swings along with improvisational jazz from The Bad Plus. The music may be different, but the musicality is the same—Morris lets us see what we hear, and hear what we see. SANDRA KURTZ

Dec. 1-3, 7:30 p.m., 2011

 
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