January 06, 2015
Excursions 2014 was MMDG’s unique, multi-continent tour that split the dance group into two parts from October through November 2014. The tour featured Words, a new work by Mark Morris. It also launched extensive cross-cultural community and educational programming through Access/MMDG and the U.S. State Department’s DanceMotion USA program.
MMDG West toured the U.S., Scotland, Italy, and Switzerland; MMDG East toured Cambodia, Timor-Leste, and Taiwan.
East and West reunited mid-November in Shenzhen and Beijing, China, where they performed “Music in Motion“ at the National Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to “Words,” they performed the classic “Grand Duo,“ a piece set to the music of American composer Lou Harrison. For the Asian tour, MMDG added something new to the mix, ‘Socrates’ set to music of Eric Satie.
The Mark Morris Dance Group was founded in New York City in 1980 by artistic director Mark Morris. A prolific choreographer, Morris has created nearly 150 routines for the company and 18 ballets since 1986. Through Access and Mark Morris Dance Group programming, the company also offers educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities at home and while on tour around the world.