Dance Review: Mark Morris Dance Team Presents ‘L’Allegro’

November 23rd, 2013

In 1988, Mark Morris was provided the break most choreographers only desire of: a a few-yr residency at the Th??tre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, where money and assets flowed like drinking water. He could choreograph his heart out, and he did, creating one particular of people uncommon, euphoric dances that make daily life value living.

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Celebrating its anniversary at Lincoln Center’s White Mild Pageant, “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato,” which Mr. Morris very first presented 25 years in the past to the working day on Saturday, is established to Handel’s 1740 oratorio and requires its text from Milton’s pastoral poems “L’Allegro” (the cheerful, pleased male) and “Il Penseroso” (the thoughtful, pensive male). The two-act creation, carried out by his firm on Thursday and executed with zeal by Nicholas McGegan, glides through 32 dance sequences that shift in placing from the countryside, exactly where it’s fine to wander by “hedgerow elms, on hillocks environmentally friendly,” to the “populous towns.”

Framed by Adrianne Lobel’s deceptively straightforward established, a collection of transferring coloration planes that allude to the poetic language with out getting literal and that give the phase depth and length or enclose it like a zooming lens, the dance has a pulse that extends previous its choreographic spine. Just as the poems snap in between action and considered, Ms. Lobel’s colours, glowing below James F. Ingalls’s lights, saturate the stage with pleasure or invoke melancholy so that nothing about “L’Allegro” is in isolation.

Rather, harmony is everywhere, from the many times of symmetry — a dancer in the foreground is mirrored by yet another driving a scrim — to the styles themselves, in which shoulders and arms may possibly appear to be hovering in a condition of velvety rest, but are exactly controlled. Dancers become a breeze of bodies dipping a shoulder down, they run on edges to give the phase a sense of air and resistance.

There are ghosts in “L’Allegro” — the ancient Greeks, Isadora Duncan — but what presents it soul is the dancers’ present day sensuality. The little, fearless Lauren Grant, usually front and heart, floats by means of brisk small jumps with out a treatment in the entire world, clicking her heels and bouncing increased than the other people just before sprinting absent wildly.

In his chicken dance, Dallas McMurray — the Allegro lark — darts his head with clipped curiosity, hopping on 1 foot and then the other as his arms carve behind his back like wings. He’s so innocent in his solitude that you want to make a nest with your arms to safeguard him from the ensemble — a real flock this time — that sends him flitting offstage into the wings.

And as the melancholy nightingale lured to the wandering moon, Maile Okamura is unsurpassed. Her delicate bone structure lends her avian grace — her arms are feather-light-weight — as her ft skitter backward with this kind of demon velocity that she virtually floats.

The brazen attractiveness of the ensemble sections is another type of irresistible, especially during the strolling dance, which knits easy measures into kaleidoscopic designs, and during the work’s enchanting finale, in which dancers run towards the edge of the stage and splinter off prior to forming 3 circles. In the heart are a few women, a flashback to an early scene showcasing the Three Graces as the stage pulsates with swirling bodies, it is this heart the place “the hidden soul of harmony” lies. “L’Allegro” is Mr. Morris unfiltered.

The Mark Morris Dance Group performs through Saturday at the David. H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Heart 212-721-6500, whitelightfestival.org.

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