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Mark Morris: Two Operas An evening of Britten and Purcell

 
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Mar 15—Mar 19, 2017
 
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Curlew River
By Benjamin Britten
MMDG Music Ensemble
Directed by Mark Morris

Dido and Aeneas
By Henry Purcell
Mark Morris Dance Group
Choreography by Mark Morris
MMDG Music Ensemble
Choreography by Mark Morris
Conducted by Mark Morris

“Mr. Morris has created a dazzling interpretation of Purcell’s superlative work. The more closely you follow it, the more packed its movement is with meanings; even though I have seen the work a number of times over the years, it keeps surprising me.”
—The New York Times
“The coupling of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River —English music dramas composed almost three centuries apart—makes a superlative double bill.”
—The New York Times
“To hear [Stephanie Blythe] sing Dido and the sorceress is to hear the roles anew. That astonishing voice—dark, vehement, burning—pours out with extraordinary ease throughout her range.”
—The New York Times

Choreographer Mark Morris, who has captivated audiences for over 35 years with his unwavering commitment to music, returns to BAM with a career-spanning double bill that perfectly embodies his trademark blend of emotion and rhythm, movement and music. First, clad in all-white, the vocalists and orchestra of the MMDG Music Ensemble unite onstage to tell Benjamin Britten’s haunting parable of maternal grief in the oft-overlooked music-drama Curlew River. Then, sweeping across the stage in jet-black sarongs, the members of Mark Morris Dance Group revive their seminal 1989 interpretation of Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell’s Baroque tragedy of ill-fated love, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe performing the roles of Dido and the Sorceress and Morris himself on the podium.

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

 
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Two members of Mark Morris Dance Group lead this class in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, accompanied by live music. Dancers begin with a warm-up, then explore the more challenging character work of Dido and the Sorceress.

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