Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris has been telling dancers how to perform his Gloria since he created the dance in 1981. Now he’s commandeering the orchestra. When the Mark Morris Dance Group performs the iconic work, the boss will be in the orchestra pit, leading members of the Seattle Symphony and Tudor Choir through the Vivaldi score. Morris has a reputation as a musically astute and adventurous choreographer, choosing music from Arnold Schoenberg to Yoko Ono, but he’s always had a particular sympathy for baroque composers. This makes Vivaldi the logical starting point to grab the baton. The strangest part of this new role is its position, standing in front of the stage to look at musicians and dancers, his back to the audience. As he complained in a talk at Town Hall earlier this spring, “I’m facing the wrong way!” SANDRA KURTZ

May 21-22, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 23, 2 p.m., 2010

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