Mark Morris's newest masterpiece, Socrates, anchors this remarkable program, which features a triptych of West Coast premieres. Described by the New York Times as "simply beautiful...[and] sensuously attractive," it is set to Satie's eponymous score, a three-part drama with text from Victor Cousin's translation of writings referring to Socrates by Plato. Demonstrating Morris's ongoing commitment to live music in performance, Socrates features a collaboration between a tenor to be announced and pianist Colin Fowler. Also on the program, the quirky and humorous Looky (2007) is set to an idiosyncratic composition by Kyle Gann that references such diverse composers as Satie, Czerny, Nancarrow, and Jelly Roll Morton. The program begins with Behemoth (1990), Morris's only work danced in silence, revealing that the choreographer's genius can be experienced independently of his love of music.
Season Opening Celebration with Mark Morris Dance Group
Sat, Oct 2, immediately following the 8pm performance
Mezzanine level of Zellerbach Hall
(Donors of $600+)
Toast to the start of Cal Performances' 2010/11 Season with Director Matías Tarnopolsky, fellow supporters, and members of Mark Morris Dance Group. Join us to celebrate the beginning of the season that you helped make possible.
Program notes are available online. [PDF]
Articles & Reviews
The San Francisco Chronicle gives a rave review of the "insanely meaty program of works" in Mark Morris Dance Company's visit to Berkeley. Read the review >>
"Mark Morris delivers a trio of West Coast premieres," says the San Jose Mercury News. Read the review >>
The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Mark Morris in anticipation of his performances at Zellerbach Hall this weekend Read the interview >>