Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Color and Light
But this list must be topped by Mark Morris's legendary evening-length dance work, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. Set to a ravishing, rarely-heard work by (G.F.) Handel, it epitomizes Mr. Morris's twin projects: the re-tying of dance to music (and theatre — he speaks of Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk or total artwork); and the pursuit of beauty.
Total artwork means collaboration, and L'Allegro is the interweaving of many artists: an extraordinary trio of designers, whose flow of colored scrims, light, and fabric are as much a part of the dance as the Mark Morris Dance Group's athletic bodies and the singers and musicians in the pit.
You should see this work at least once in your life. It's playing this weekend at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival.