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One of the country’s most recognized modern dance troupes, the Mark Morris Dance company, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and Wednesday begins a seven-performance run at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.
On the bill is “Resurrection,” a dance that Morris choreographed to Richard Rogers’ “Slaughter on 10th Avenue.”
“Resurrection” is a rebirth, of sorts, because the music was already a famous ballet about gangsters and a stripper created by legendary choreographer George Balanchine for the 1936 musical “On Your Toes.”
And when the Boston Pops commissioned Mark Morris to re-choreograph the dance a few years back in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Rogers, Morris wanted to completely re-interpret the music.
Here and Now producer Lynn Menegon was in a New York theater with Mark Morris back in 2002 as a film crew videotaped the ballet for an Evening at Pops broadcast.
And she found out that Morris’ version is more Busby Berkeley than Balanchine.