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Mark Morris

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Mark Morris is the most exciting and important choreographer to have emerged in the last two decades. Still only in his mid-thirties, Morris has already produced more than eighty dance works, and their originality, brashness, and beauty have made him one of the signature American artists of our time. Morris was born in Seattle in 1956. His Mark Morris Dance Group began per ...more
Published December 1st 1993 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Barbara Phillips-Farley
I enjoyed reading this biography and especially enjoyed the well-worded descriptions of dance phenomena that parallel music phenomena.
Apr 17, 2011 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gushing account of Morris's choreographic work. Acocella brings many of Morris's life experiences and personality quirks to bear on a detailed series of dance analyses. Modern dance is harder than ballet for me to watch because I don't know the vocabulary -- indeed, the fun of it is that there is no set vocabulary. This book helped me better appreciate Morris's classical, inclusive and uplifting vision, as expressed through dance.
Kim Soskin
Oct 14, 2008 Kim Soskin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Acocelila does a wonderful job of mixing Morris' biograhy with his dances. I saw the Morris group right after reading this book, and appreciated them even more because I understood much more of what was happening in the dance.
Mar 22, 2007 carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I actually read this in graduate school. Joan Acocella writes about dance for the New Yorker and she's probably one of the only living dance critics who makes the movement of dance clear on the page.
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Joan B. Acocella is an American journalist who is the dance and book critic for The New Yorker.

Acocella received her B.A. in English in 1966 from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Rutgers University in 1984 with a thesis on the Ballets Russes. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993. Acocella is a 2012 Holtzbrinck Berlin Prize Fellow at th
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