From Michael Upchurch, who reviewed Mark Morris Dance Group in Seattle last night: It’s well known that Seattle-born choreographer Mark Morris has a special eye and ear for the way music intersects with movement when he’s making a dance. What I didn’t know — until he sat down right in front of me at the Moore Theatre on Thursday night — is that the same principle applies to how he watches a dance. When Aaron Loux and Rita Donahue did a droll little midair shoulder bump in time with the score to Morris’ “Festival Dance,” Morris gave a sharp little nod of his head on the downbeat too. When dancers swayed and shimmied across the stage, Morris swayed and shimmied in his seat with them. It was fun to see him so immersed in the music and movement. Now if only his head were a little smaller so I could see the right side of the stage better.
December 2, 2011 at 3:30 PM