Mark Morris Dance Group
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
Since its creation in 1988, choreographer Mark Morris’ legendary L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato has earned global recognition as his company’s crowning achievement. Morris’ singular interpretation of the oratorio, combining Handel’s music with John Milton’s cosmic poetry and William Blake’s luminous paintings, becomes a vibrant blend of dance, music, poetry, scenery, costume and lighting design. This dazzling evening-length work boasts two-dozen dancers, a 26-member chorus, four vocal soloists and an orchestra. Exalted as “one of the great dance works of the twentieth century” by The New Yorker and “a modern miracle” by the Huffington Post, L’Allegro is at once joyous, exhilarating and profound. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Morris’ bold, brilliant masterpiece makes its Canadian debut at the Festival.
With sopranos Karina Gauvin and Shannon Mercer, tenor Thomas Cooley and baritone Douglas Williams.
Ticket holders are invited to join arts journalist and noted dance expert Michael Crabb for an introduction to L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, in the Sony Centre's lower lobby at 6:40PM (Friday, Saturday) and 2:10PM (Sunday).