Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris has been a musician as long as he's been a dancer and choreographer. In his work, the score and movement reinforce each other, so that a body swooping from a leap to the floor makes you hear the rush of a descending scale. The delicacy of a plucked string seems to make a dancer catch their breath. The two pieces his Mark Morris Dance Group are performing have very distinct scores: Johan Hummel was a student of Mozart, and his piano trio used for Festival Dance has that classic lyrical clarity. Jumping forward a few centuries, Violet Cavern swings along with improvisational jazz from The Bad Plus. The music may be different, but the musicality is the sameā€”Morris lets us see what we hear, and hear what we see. SANDRA KURTZ

Dec. 1-3, 7:30 p.m., 2011

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