"Spring, Spring, Spring"
Mark Morris Dance Group
Hertz Hall, University of California
June 12, 2013
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano, 2013
John Luther Adams' percussion piece "Strange and Sacred Noise", performed in UC Berkeley's bucolic Faculty Glade, served as an unlikely, but on second thought quite appropriate prelude to Mark Morris' re-imagined "The Rite of Spring." As performed by the percussion ensemble red fish blue fish, Adams' flowing sonorities may have been far removed from the fiendishly intricate rhythms of Stravinsky's score as reconfigured by the Bad Ass Jazz Trio. But they animated that landscape by paying tribute to it and placing it within the context of much larger natural forces.