Spring Movement

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Does this week’s wave of warm weather have you feel like dancing? Or has it simply set the mood for some good dance? Then clear your calendar and head to Brooklyn for the last few performances of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s (MMDG) 2013 spring season.

The current lineup features two Mark Morris world premieres and one New York premiere, along with a favorite MMDG piece, The Office, during the company’s limited, two-week run, which closes this Sunday, April 14. All performances are being held at the Mark Morris Dance Center, in the intimate, 150-seat James and Martha Duffy Performance Space, located at 3 Lafayette Avenue, in Brooklyn.

The April engagement includes the world premiere of Morris’s Crosswalk, set to Carl Maria von Weber’s Grand Duo Concertante for clarinet and piano in E-flat major. The second world premiere, a duet titled Jenn and Spencer, is danced to Henry Cowell’s Suite for Violin and Piano. The program’s New York premiere is A Wooden Tree, an ensemble piece for seven dancers—one of whom is the legendary ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov—set to music and words by Ivor Cutler (1923 – 2006), a Scottish poet, singer, songwriter, and humorist. Also on the program is The Office (1994), set to Antonin Dvorak’s Bagatelles for two violins, cello, and harmonium, Op. 47, and hailed as “everything you want in a work of art” by Sarah Kaufman of the Washington Post.

Crosswalk, Jenn and Spencer, and The Office are all being performed to live music featuring members of the MMDG Music Ensemble.

Tickets cost $75 and are available online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/921487 or by calling OvationTix at 866.811.4111. Be sure to click, call, hop, skip, or jump—or fouetté even—to discover what is being lauded as one of Morris’s most triumphant seasons ever.

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