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I dance, you watch: Mark Morris, unfiltered

The extravagantly talented dancer has a dashing lack of filter

By Jane Shilling   December 2019

Acts of expressiveness: Mark Morris in 1984. Photo: Dee Conway/Bridgeman Images

In 1988, newly installed as the director of dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels at the age of 32, the choreographer Mark Morris gave his first press conference. What, asked a journalist, was his philosophy of dance? Morris’s predecessor, Maurice Béjart, had been a prodigious philosophiser, providing “30 pages of programme notes for every new dance.” But Morris’s answer ran to far fewer than 30 words: “I make it up and you watch it.…

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