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Mark Morris is the nearest contemporary dance has to a film or football star. His beefy legs, cross-dressing and ferocious discipline have made him as big as Balanchine

By Nadine Meisner   November 2004

Mark Morris seems an unlikely candidate for the recognition normally accorded to film stars or footballers. He is a choreographer working in the valiant but circumscribed domain of contemporary dance. The camp and gender-bending in his work should make him a cult figure, not a mainstream personality bringing dance to uninitiated audiences.

Yet Morris appeals across generations and attitudes to a broader constituency than any other living choreographer. He is in danger of becoming as ubiquitously popular as the late George Balanchine. Besides working with his own Mark Morris Dance Group (since 1980), he has choreographed and directed opera, made…

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