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Iconic BAM Artists

Mark Morris

Mark Morris was born on August 29, 1956, in Seattle,WA. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) in 1980 and has since created more than 130 works for the company. From 1988 to 1991, he was director of dance while MMDG was the national company of Belgium at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Morris is also much in demand as a ballet choreographer, having created eight works for the San Francisco Ballet since 1994 and having received numerous commissions from other renowned companies. He has worked extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, English National Opera, and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Morris was named a fellow of the MacArthur Foundation in 1991. In 2001, the Mark Morris Dance Group opened its first permanent US home in Brooklyn. In addition to being a space for Morris and the dancers to work, the Mark Morris Dance Center houses rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for local children and seniors, and a school offering affordable dance classes to students of all ages. MMDG has also maintained and strengthened its ties to several cities around the world, most notably its West Coast home, Cal Performances in Berkeley,CA and its Midwest home, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. MMDG is noted for its commitment to live music, a feature of every performance on its full international touring schedule since 1996. For more information, visit

Performance History
Mark Morris at BAM
Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Feb 15—25, 1979
O Rangasayee; Gloria; Championship Wrestling After Roland Barthes
Nov 28—Dec 2, 1984
Stabat Mater; Marble Halls; Pieces En Concert
Nov 12—15, 1986
Nixon in China
Dec 4—17, 1987
New Love Song Waltzes; Fugue and Fantasy; Sonata for Clarinet and Piano; One Charming Night; Strict Songs
May 17—22, 1988
Dido and Aeneas
Jun 20—23, 1990
Monnaie Dance Group/Mark Morris
Oct 6—14, 1990
The Hard Nut
Dec 11—27, 1992
Dances to American Music
Apr 29—May 2, 1993
The Hard Nut
Dec 14—23, 1993
Somebody's Coming To See Me Tonight; A Spell; The Office; Bedtime; World Power; Lucky Charms; Jesu, Meine Freude; Grand Duo; Rondo
Dec 9—17, 1995
Orfeo ed Euridice
May 16—18, 1996
Strict Songs; Rhymes with Silver; Grand Duo; I Don't Want to Love; One Charming Night; Mosaic And United; Gloria
Apr 15—20, 1997
Dido & Aeneas
Jun 24—27, 1998
Falling Down Stairs; The Argument; Rhymes with Silver (with Yo-Yo Ma)
Mar 30, 1999
White Oak Dance Project
Jun 7—11, 2000
Mark Morris Dance Group 20th Anniversary Season
Mar 6—25, 2001
I Love You Dearly; I Don't Want to Love; Grand Duo; V; Foursome; Bijoux; Jesu, Meine Freude
Feb 25—28, 2002
The Hard Nut
Dec 17—22, 2002
Going Away Party; Serenade; Kolam; Resurrection; Something Lies Beyond the Scene; Foursome; V; New Love Song Waltzes
Mar 25—30, 2003
All Fours; Violet Cavern
Jun 8—12, 2004
From Old Seville; Somebody's Coming To See Me Tonight; Silhouettes; Rock Of Ages; Rhymes with Silver
Apr 19—23, 2005
Mark Morris Dance Group: 25th Anniversary Season
Mar 8—25, 2006
Looky; Socrates; Behemoth
Feb 23—27, 2010
The Hard Nut
Dec 10—19, 2010
Four Saints in Three Acts; A Choral Fantasy
March 1—3, 2012
Mark Morris at BAM