After the Dance Is Over Part 1

mark morris dance group, socrates @ harris theater, 27 February 2011.

Mark Morris’s choreography has always struck me as grid-like, with the ensemble moving in straight lines, either horizontally or vertically across the stage. But one of the most moving moments in Socrates was when the dancers looped back, quite literally, lacing themselves through the grids of their previous movements. There was something elegant about the combination of rectangles and circles: not the tragedy of Socrates so much as the surprising appearance of ancient Euclidean pleasures in contemporary dance.


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