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To-Do This Weekend: See Mark Morris

My non-dance-aficionado friends have a saying: If you're going to take me to a ballet, make it one of the best. They have a point: If you want to dive deeper into classical music, you start with Mozart or Beethoven. Thing is, most of the time, the creators of "the best" are already dead and their works have become lofty, durable standards—not fresh, of-the-moment creations. That's why modern choreographer Mark Morris matters. Very much alive and kicking at 54, Morris has been creating compelling, instant classics since his early twenties.

Mark Morris' "L'Allegro" at Zellerbach

If you’re even remotely interested in modern dance, there’s only one place to be this weekend: at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, watching the Mark Morris Dance Group perform Morris’ two-and-a-half-hour masterwork, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.

The Lincoln Bicentennial: As Danced About By Bill T. Jones


If you missed “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party” (at SF Playhouse last month) you can still experience a big, (incidentally gay) dance spectacle on the topic of President Lincoln when Bill  T. Jones stages his new work about Abraham Lincoln called “Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray” in October.

Before that, on May 9, the director and choreographer, (who won a Tony for his choreography of “Spring Awakening”) will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and the creative process of his new work in a community conversation at the Yerba Buena Center.

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