Summer of dance!
Merce, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, and some new faces bust out their moves for the festival circuit.
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Another contemporary choreographer who might be considered a one-man festival is Mark Morris, whose company will be appearing throughout the summer at various venues, including music festivals, in keeping with his determination to link dance with live music. This summer he offers two world premières at Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Mass.: "Empire Garden," set to Ives Trio for Violin, Violoncello, and Piano, and "Visitation," set to Beethoven's Cello Sonata in C major. Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Colin Jacobsen will perform the works with The Mark Morris Dance Group. Their New York premières will be presented at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, Aug. 19-22. In addition, the Mark Morris Dance Group performs other works from his vast repertory at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York, July 20-21, and at the American Dance Festival, July 23-25.Skip to next paragraph
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Meanwhile, for those vacationing out West, there is dance aplenty in the mountains of Colorado. Damian Wotzel, a former New York City Ballet principal dancer, has taken command of the Vail International Dance Festival, July 27-Aug. 11. Tap-dancer extraordinaire Savion Glover leads a lineup that includes the Vail debut of Miami City Ballet, directed by another NYCB alum, Edward Villella, and choreographer-of-the-moment Christopher Wheeldon's young company, Morphoses. Wheeldon, a former dancer with Britain's Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet, where he also served as resident choreographer, has struck out on his own with a company drawn from the ranks of the major ballet troupes. Each new Wheeldon work is considered the next best thing in the ballet world.
And saving one of the best for last, genuine American dance treasure Bill T. Jones has been commissioned by Ravinia Festival, outside Chicago, to create a new work for the Bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Jones, who mixes political beliefs with challenges to the audience in the form of dance combined with words and images, is creating a kaleidoscope of impressions based on his feelings about Lincoln. "Fondly Do We Hope.... Fervently Do We Pray," performed by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, will have its world première Sept. 17 at Ravinia, along with a preview piece he made this past year, "Another Evening: Serenade/The Proposition."