MacArthur Fellows Program

Mark Morris

Choreographer and Dancer | Class of 1991

Title
Choreographer and Dancer
Location
Brussels, Belgium
Age
35 at time of award
Area of Focus
Choreography and Dance

Mark Morris is a choreographer and a dancer whose work has extended the technical and expressive range of dance.

His dances are noted for their musicality, diversity, style, wit, and sense of tradition. His knowledge of musical structure allows him to pair rhythmic variety and exactitude of delivery. This continuity lends intelligence and humor to his expression of movement. Prior to founding his company in 1980, Morris danced with several companies, including the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble, and those led by Eliot Feld, Lar Lubovitch, Laura Dean, and Hannah Kahn. In 1990, he co-founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has created four works for the San Francisco Ballet since 1994 and received commissions from such companies as the American Ballet Theatre, the Boston Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet. Morris has also worked extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for the New York City Opera, the English National Opera, and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Morris is the artistic director of the Mark Morris Dance Group. This group was the official dance company of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium (1988-91).

Morris received his earliest dance training with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson.

Last updated January 1, 2005

News About this Fellow
May 25, 2017
"Mark Morris: Founder, The Mark Morris Dance Group"
From Scratch
Mark Morris , 1991 MacArthur Fellow
September 17, 2016
"Review: MacArthur Fellows Impress in Evening of Dance"
Chicago Tribune
Susan S. Marshall , 2000 MacArthur Fellow
Merce Cunningham , 1985 MacArthur Fellow
Mark Morris , 1991 MacArthur Fellow
Kyle Abraham, 2013 MacArthur Fellow
Michelle Dorrance, 2015 MacArthur Fellow
Related Grantee: Harris Theater for Music and Dance
September 16, 2016
"An Evening of Dance With MacArthur Fellows Puts Creativity Onstage"
Chicago Reader
Susan S. Marshall , 2000 MacArthur Fellow
Merce Cunningham , 1985 MacArthur Fellow
Mark Morris , 1991 MacArthur Fellow
Kyle Abraham, 2013 MacArthur Fellow
Michelle Dorrance, 2015 MacArthur Fellow
Related Grantee: Harris Theater for Music and Dance
August 22, 2016
"Harris Theater to Present Free Concert Honoring MacArthur Fellows"
Chicago Tribune
Susan S. Marshall , 2000 MacArthur Fellow
Merce Cunningham , 1985 MacArthur Fellow
Mark Morris , 1991 MacArthur Fellow
Kyle Abraham, 2013 MacArthur Fellow
Michelle Dorrance, 2015 MacArthur Fellow
January 11, 2016
MacArthur Announces Performances, Discussion to Celebrate 35 Years of Iconic Fellowship Program
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October 11, 2015
"Review: American Ballet Theater in Mark Morris’s Take on Manners"
The New York Times
Mark Morris , 1991 MacArthur Fellow
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