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. 

Pre-performance Talk

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).


When & Where?
Friday, June 21, 2013
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM — With Intermission
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Saturday, June 22, 2013
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM — With Intermission
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Sunday, June 23, 2013
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM — With Intermission
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

"The 24 accomplished dancers on stage bring the poems to life as human beings and as animals and emotions. The dancing on Friday night was military-parade-tight, but also imbued with the energy of spontaneiety." -John Terauds, Musical Toronto

Rush tickets can be purchased for $25.00 at The Hub box office and the Sony Center box office starting at 12pm.

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Music Director Jeanne Lamon

Conducted by Jane Glover