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Mark Morris Dance Group Look of Love

The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) will current the world premiere of a night of dance to the music of Burt Bacharach – The Look of Love –that includes authentic choreography by Mark Morris and new musical preparations by Ethan Iverson. The evening-length compilation of greater than a dozen Bacharach hits, shall be carried out by firm dancers accompanied by the MMDG Music Ensemble, consisting of piano, trumpet, bass and percussion, with lead vocals by singer, actress and Broadway star Marcy Harriell.

The Look of Love would be the 10th evening-length work of the prolific Morris’s profession, following 2017’s Pepperland,which showcased the work of musical legends, The Beatles. This manufacturing is Morris’s first created to the music of Burt Bacharach, and can embody 14 songs by the multi-Grammy-award profitable pop composer and songwriter: “There’s All the time One thing There to Remind Me,” “Message to Michael,” “Anybody Who Had A Coronary heart,” “Stroll on By,” “Are You There (With One other Woman),” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Do You Know the Approach to San Jose,” “I’ll By no means Fall in Love Once more,” “What the World Wants Now Is Love,” “Don’t Make Me Over,” “Raindrops Hold Fallin’ on My Head,” “Alfie,” “The Look of Love,” and “The Blob.”

“All the time partaking melodically, all the time stunning rhythmically, with a contact of melancholy and a striving hope, Bacharach’s marvelous music calls out for dancing,” says Morris. “There’s a wealthy vary of emotion, perspective and dynamics in Bacharach’s (and lyricist Hal David’s) superb compositions, each the very acquainted and the comparatively obscure. The Look of Love shall be an action-packed, diversified, music and dance present, with one thing for everybody…a transferring return to dwell theater.”

Along with Bacharach and Iverson, Morris’s inventive group for The Look of Love consists of different frequent collaborators: designer Isaac Mizrahi and lighting designer Nicole Pearce.  

“For a few years, I’ve wished to see my music reimagined in some type of theatrical manufacturing – not only a jukebox musical method of songs, however an authentic work with its personal story and enchantment,” says Bacharach. “I’ve discovered an excellent collaborator in Mark Morris, whose sensible choreography and deep musicality give songs new that means and dimension via motion. Like an excellent melody, his dances evoke an environment and encourage emotions, and I believe that’s simply what the world wants now. I’m excited to see how Morris and his inventive group deliver my songs to the stage in The Look of Love.

The Look of Love is a manufacturing of 13 organizations that type a rising group of commissioning companions united by their esteem for Morris and a want to assist the continued creation and efficiency of his work: BroadStage, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Heart at Auburn College in affiliation with Arizona Arts Dwell, College of Arizona; Cal Performances, UC Berkeley; The Grange Competition; Harriman-Jewell Sequence; Hopkins Heart for the Arts, Dartmouth School; The John F. Kennedy Heart for the Performing Arts; Krannert Heart for the Performing Arts, College of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Modlin Heart for the Arts at College of Richmond; UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures; and Virginia Arts Competition. This co-commissioning mannequin allows entities of assorted sizes and scope to collectively present the monetary assets essential to deliver large-scale productions to the stage, whereas partnering with a prestigious cohort of presenting establishments and sharing within the legacy of a Morris world premiere.

“As we make a daring return to creating and touring new dances, we’re particularly grateful to our commissioning companions whose dedication to Mark’s work makes this collaboration doable,” says MMDG Government Director Nancy Umanoff.

The Look of Love may have its world premiere on Friday, October 20, at BroadStage in Santa Monica, CA, with subsequent performances to observe at main performing arts facilities worldwide. The premiere of The Look of Love may even launch MMDG’s 2022-23 Season.

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