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Mark Morris Dance Company – Mark Morris's Mozart Dances

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by Paula Citron.
Mozart Dances
Mark Morris Dance Company
Eleven, Double and Twenty-seven choreographed by Mark Morris
Luminato Festival
MacMillan Theatre until Jun. 15

The splendid Mark Morris Dance Company is presenting three different programs at the Luminato Festival. First up was Mozart Dances (2006), and the three parts called Eleven, Double and Twenty-seven take their titles from Piano Concerti Nos. 11 and 27, and Sonata in D major for Two Pianos.

When viewed collectively, the three Mozart Dances are an abstract physical rendering of the music designed to capture the ebb and flow of Mozart’s musical genius. In deconstructing the three pieces, however, Eleven is the world of women, Double the world of men, and Twenty-Seven their coming together. Morris has brilliantly fused 18th century elegance with the best of modern dance.

Kudos to conductor Jane Glover, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and piano soloists Ursala Oppens and Amy Dissanyake. Having artists of this stature in the pit was a gift of the gods.

Mark Morris Dance Company continues at the MacMillan Theatre on Jun. 10 and 13 with two new programs.

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