Mark Morris

We went to BAM on Saturday night to see Mark Morris’s (and yes, according to Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves, it has to be Morris’s instead of Morris’) two new pieces, All Fours and Violet Cavern. It’s been a year since I saw a dance performance; it was around same time last year when I saw Mark Morris at BAM. It seems to me there are always different styles in a night’s performance — pieces that are “classic” and minimalistic modern dance, as well as pieces that are more dramatic, colorful and edgy. It’s like getting two for the price of one.

The first piece All Fours was so simple and elegant. I loved the huge solid color-lighted backdrop. Dancers were dressed in plain white and gray (or black too?), therefore they constrasted against the backdrop and becomes so apprarent. The moves were so poetic yet constructed, you can’t get cleaner and sharper than that.

The second piece Violet Cavern was much more dramatic. There were some settings; the sides of the stage were opened up so that audience can see the performers getting ready and resting — it was rather transparent. The music was extremly dramatic and eventful. It was pretty intense.

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