L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato102 MINS2015Dance
Mark MorrisGeorge Frideric Handel
Mark Morris Dance GroupSarah-Jane BrandonElizabeth WattsJames GilchristAndrew Foster-Williams
Choreographer Mark Morris garnered international fame for his landmark work "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato", set to Handel's Baroque masterpiece, in which a colorful array of dancers embody the ecstasy of art that transforms. "L'Allegro" was Mark Morris's premiere work as Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium in 1988, and in the intervening years, has been performed to critical and audience acclaim all over the world. Winner of numerous awards including a Laurence Olivier Award, "L'Allegro" uses Milton's text and features sets inspired by William Blake's later watercolors. Founded in NYC in 1980, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) is considered one of the preeminent modern dance companies, its members praised repeatedly for their technique and musicality. The performance was filmed July 2014 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain.