Before Mark Morris became “the most successful and influential choreographer alive” (The New York Times), he was a six year-old in Seattle cramming his feet into Tupperware glasses so that he could practice walking on pointe. Often the only boy in his dance studio, he was called a sissy—a term he wore like a badge of honor. Now Elliott Bay Book Company brings Morris to the stage to discuss his love of dance and delve into his memoir Out Loud.
He recounts how he moved to New York at nineteen, arriving to one of the great booms of dance in America. Audiences in 1976 had the luxury of Merce Cunningham’s finest experiments with time and space, of Twyla Tharp’s virtuosity, and Lucinda Childs’s genius. Morris was flat broke but found a group of like-minded artists that danced together, travelled together, slept together. This collective, led by Morris’s fiercely original vision, became the famed Mark Morris Dance Group. Sit in for “a golden opportunity to get inside the mind of one of the great musicians of our time and also into the history and progress of modern dance itself” (Isaac Mizrahi).
Mark Morris formed the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) in 1980 and has since created close to 150 works for the company. From 1988 to 1991, he was Director of Dance at the Thétre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Morris is also an acclaimed ballet choreographer and opera director.
Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company.