Learn the works of acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris that will be performed by the Mark Morris Dance Group this April at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
WHERE Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Brooklyn, NY 11217
WHEN on Saturdays, February 21, March 21, April 11 | 3-4pm
WHAT Free dance class for all ages in which participants will learn segments from Mark Morris’ works to be presented at BAM this Spring 2015.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Dance with MMDG is a free, open level dance class taught each month by Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) dancers with live piano accompaniment. No experience is necessary: all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. For this special 3-month series, the dancers will teach excerpts of the works they will perform at BAM this Spring. This is an unique and exciting opportunity to get familiar with the dance group’s repertory before seeing it on stage April 22 – 26. For tickets and more information about this engagement, go to mmdg.org.
This month, dancers Domingo Estrada Jr. and Laurel Lynch will teach excerpts from Grand Duo, which traditionally features 14 dancers, a violin, and a piano. The Boston Globe called Grand Duo, “…one of the most viscerally charged passages in the annals of modern dance.”
UPCOMING DANCE WITH MMDG CLASSES
– Saturday, February 21, 3-4pm
Instructors: Domingo Estrada Jr. & Laurel Lynch
Work: Grand Duo
– Saturday, March 21, 3-4pm (in honor of Developmental Disabilities month)
Instructors: Chelsea Acree & Sam Black
Work: Spring, Spring, Spring
– Saturday, April 11, 3-4pm
Instructors: Stacy Martorana & Dallas McMurray
ABOUT THE MARK MORRIS DANCE CENTER
The Mark Morris Dance Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, was built in 2001 and is a major cultural resource for the community. In addition to being the home of the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Dance Center offers a wide range of education and community programs to over 15,000 weekly visitors. It houses the School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, 7 fully-equipped studios that are available for rent to the arts community at discounted and/or subsidized rates, and many amenities including a large 140-seat studio theater, lounges, dressing rooms, and outdoor terraces.
ABOUT THE MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP
Founded in New York in 1980, the internationally-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has been called “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time” (Yo-Yo Ma), receiving “highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.” (Bloomberg News). MMDG spent three years in residence at Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie as Belgium’s national dance company, returning to the United States in 1991.
The Dance Group is distinguished as the only modern dance company with a commitment to live music at every performance, founding the MMDG Music Ensemble in 1996. MMDG also regularly collaborates with eminent musicians across genres, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, jazz trio The Bad Plus, the London Symphony Orchestra, baroque orchestras Tafelmusik and Philharmonia Baroque, as well as opera companies such as The Metropolitan Opera and the English National Opera.
Community engagement is also a vital component of the Dance Group. Through the organization’s Access/MMDG programming, it integrates opportunities for dance, music, talks, and education at its Brooklyn home, the Mark Morris Dance Center, as well as on tour around the world.
“The Mark Morris Dance Group has long been ahead of all other dance companies in the flow and detail of its dancers’ response to music. And their qualities of focus, stillness, and ease are ones that most actors would envy. “ — Financial Times