The Week Forward | Dance: An Ode to Joy, Choreographically

November 20th, 2013

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“L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” returns to Lincoln Heart.

Mark Morris developed “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” during the 3 many years his company was resident at the Th??tre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. It was 1988, he was 32 and, for the 1st time, had an 1,one hundred-seat opera residence, an orchestra and a costume office at his disposal. He used it all with relish. “L’Allegro,” which returns to Lincoln Middle this week, wasn’t instantly acclaimed by the local critics. (Mr. Morris’s biographer, Joan Acocella, estimates 1 overview: “Where is the profundity?”) But it has turn out to be Mr. Morris’s most popular piece, celebrated for its innocence, exuberance and how it indicates the actual physical embodiment of perfect worlds. The work is established to the 1740 Handel oratorio from which it normally takes its title, and which makes use of the texts of Milton’s “L’Allegro” and “Il Penseroso,” portraits of the joyful and contemplative minds. Crammed with nymphs and shepherds, gods and humans, hunters and lovers, the dance is gorgeous, lavish and humorous. It is, as Ms. Acocella writes, “a hymn to the unity of poetry, tunes and dance.” (seven:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, David H. Koch Theater, 212-496-0600, )

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