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Mark Morris, written with the choreographer's full cooperation, is part biography, part critical study. It describes how he has lived and how he turns his life - and music, narrative, and tradition - into dance, and it discusses how to look at his dances.
Published April 30th 1995 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published December 1st 1993)
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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
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.
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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