Mark Morris Dance Group presents "Pepperland" at BAM
Mark Morris Dance Group
“...a truly joyous, celebratory work of art.”
—The Telegraph (UK)
Exuberant dancemaker Mark Morris continues to redefine the relationship between music and movement with a spirited new evening-length work that pays homage to a monument of 20th-century art: the Beatles’ 1967 revolution in sound, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Commissioned by the City of Liverpool in celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary, Pepperland teases out the album’s colorfully avant-garde heart and omnivorous influences—from Bach to Stockhausen, music hall to raga—straining it through a theremin- and harpsichord-laced score by jazz composer Ethan Iverson, performed live by a remarkable seven-piece music ensemble. Morris’ company transforms the stage into a candy-colored kaleidoscope of modish 60s dance crazes and balletic intricacy that hovers, like its inspiration, between pop pleasure and exhilarating abstraction.
Music by The Beatles and Ethan Iverson
Music arrangements by Ethan Iverson
Set design by Johan Henckens
Costume design by Elizabeth Kurtzman
Lighting design by Nick Kolin
A Mark Morris Dance Group production in association with American Dance Festival, Durham, North Carolina; BAM, Brooklyn, New York; Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with the Sony Centre, Toronto, Canada; Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, California; The City of Liverpool, England, U.K.; Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, Connecticut; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla, California; Meyer Sound, Berkeley, California; Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle, Washington; UCSB Arts & Lectures, Santa Barbara, California; White Bird, Portland, Oregon.
Music commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.
Original music by The Beatles. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission from Sony ATV Music Publishing.
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