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Release Date: Sunday 29 November 2015
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'L'Allegro' was Mark Morris's premiere work as Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium in 1988, and has since been performed to critical and audience acclaim all over the world. Winner of numerous awards including a Laurence Olivier Award, 'L'Allegro' uses Milton's text and features sets inspired by William Blake's later watercolours.
Founded in New York City in 1980 by Morris, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) is considered one of the preeminent modern dance companies, its members praised repeatedly for their technique and their musicality. Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group, which has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996. Through Access/MMDG programming, the Dance Group provides educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities while on tour internationally and at home at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.
The performance was filmed July 2014 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain.
Insights - Mark Morris on L'Allegro
Overture: Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 1
A tempo giusto / Allegro
97 mins [ballet] and 13 mins [bonus]
Subtitles: French & Spanish
BD25 1080i HD 16:9 2.0 pcm/5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, Region Code ABC
"Morris's reinterpretation is a consummately musical extravaganza that takes conspicuous inspiration from William Blake's famous Miltonic illustrations…the set-piece dances are often architecturally symmetrical and always strikingly beautiful…anyone fond of Handel's masterpiece should see this" (Gramophone)
"The group extends and challenges the boundaries of classical music and dance; their boundless energy, enthusiasm, and understanding of the music enhances the musical experience, rather than detract from it … As a conservative, classically trained musician I was initially sceptical, yet once again life has thrown me a curve ball in the form of this combination. Highly recommended." (Hi-Fi Plus)
"I was extremely impressed by the energy and stamina of the dancers, who must shed pounds during every performance … as a Gesamtkunstwerk it works very well." (Early Music Review)