"Minoi" and "Pati Pati," Black Grace
"Variations for Two Couples," San Francisco Ballet
"Two x Two," Russell Maliphant/Sadler's Wells London
"Words," Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble
Fall for Dance
City Center, New York
October 8, 2014
by Tom Phillips
Copyright 2014 by Tom Phillips
In his mischievous mode, Mark Morris is a serious comic choreographer. He never takes his dancers seriously, but he has them act as if they’re taking themselves seriously – and in the ironic distance between these points of view is all the genius of his gentle wit.
Morris’s new work, “Words,” is set to Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words” for violin and piano, and it reminded me of another comic masterpiece with music by Mendelssohn – Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “What fools these mortals be,” says Puck, but we love their foolishness as we do our own.