GEORG FRIEDERICH HAENDEL (1685-1759)
Music : Haendel
After the poems by John Milton, adapted by Charles Jennens and James Harris
Choreography : Mark Morris
Mark Morris Dance Group
Orchestra and choir of the Teatro Real
Conductor : Jane Glover
Sopranos : Sarah-Jane Brandon, Elizabeth Watts
Tenor : James Gilchrist
Baritone : Andrew Foster-Williams
Choreographer Mark Morris garnered international fame for “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato”, considered a landmark achievement, and set to Handel’s Baroque masterpiece, in which a colorful array of dancers embody the ecstasy of art that transforms.
“L’Allegro” was Mark Morris’s premiere work as Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium in 1988, and in the intervening years, has been performed to critical and audience acclaim all over the world. Winner of numerous awards including a Laurence Olivier Award, “L’Allegro” uses Milton’s text and features sets inspired by William Blake’s later watercolors.
Founded in New York City in 1980 by Morris, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) is considered one of the preeminent modern dance companies, its members praised repeatedly for their technique and their musicality. Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group, which has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996. Through Access/MMDG programming, the Dance Group provides educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities while on tour internationally and at home at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.
The performance was filmed July 2014 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain.
“In many ways, L’Allegro is the perfect introduction to the Morris style – showing not only his musical sensibility (and that of his hair-trigger-trained dancers), but also his enormous, and rare, skill compositional architecture.” – New York Post
“A masterpiece of the late 20th century.” – Chicago Tribune
“One of the most joyful and endearing works ever created…” – Boston Globe
“L’Allegro is one of the most important modern dances… performances are by definition a great occasion” – The Wall Street Journal
“L’Allegro is heavenly, from start to finish”– Daily Telegraph